Sunday worship is the highlight of the week at Our Lady of The Lake. The Catholic Church describes the Mass as "the source and summit of the Christian life." It is the source, in that everything we do as Christians is strengthened and reaffirmed at the Eucharistic banquet.
It is the summit, in that it is the highest and greatest access to God through His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, yet so many do not understand what is happening in the Mass, nor do they understand their role in the celebration.
For many, memories of growing up Catholic are filled with hours of thinking about candles, statues and kneeling-standing-kneeling. What was happening during Mass? We probably didn’t know, but we knew that something holy was taking place. For some, the word “boring” best described their experience, and still others complained that the homily went too long, knowing that the Seahawks were about to kick off. The irony is that the weekly routine that we may know very little about is a spiritual goldmine that can change our lives for eternity.
The Mass is the only place on earth that represents, in a way that we can participate, the crucifixion and resurrection of God. This event is the focal point of all history, the most important event in eternity, and we are invited to sit in the front row and participate. With a greater understanding we realize that we are not spectators. We are invited by the main character of this drama, Jesus Christ, to participate in this supreme act of love, this heavenly liturgy.
At the end of Mass, the clergy sends us out into the world to live the Gospel and, essentially, to fulfill the great commission. Our Lady of the Lake strives to help us integrate the Mass with a clear call to action around how each parishioner can take what they experienced and received at Mass, and bring it to the places where they live and work.
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