It seems to me that there is great healing and comfort in a feeling of “connectedness.” It further strikes me that the Mass is one of the singularly most potent vehicles of connectedness we have. It is a great lubricant in negotiating the hindrances of the day. The Mass connects us with the entire history of man’s relationship with God. In the Eucharist it connects us with God in the present. It’s contemporaneous celebration connects us with all other Catholic Christians globally. In it there is a pageant of the connectedness of our own humanity with the humanity of others. This, in itself, is a pageant of our connectedness to Your humanity and, thus, to You. This is what the Mass does. It connects us historically and at the present moment with You and with each other.
We communally acknowledge our faults and culpabilities and proclaim our need for Your mercy and redemption in the Penitential Rite.
In the Liturgy of the Word we reflect upon the ongoing connectedness of our common historical relationship with God and its relevance to our present situation through the biblical records of the old and new testaments. The words of scripture are a communion of God with us. The minister’s homily coincides with and synchronizes that communion to guide us within the parameters of its tradition.
The prayers of the faithful connect us in petition, not only for our common needs as a people of God, but in our individual needs as human beings in our own unique conditions.
The liturgy of the Eucharist connects us to the upper room – the fellowship and good will of a meal together with friends. Shortly thereafter we express, with a sign of peace, the goodness of being together. This can be a striking reminder of our connectedness. Once, when attending a church I infrequently go to, an elderly woman recognized me and with a twinkle in her eyes and a grin wished me peace with, “it’s good to see you again.”
In the Eucharist we partake in common union of the body and blood You not only gave up for us on the cross but give up daily that we might all be one with You. It is the high point of connectedness in the Mass.
From there we are dismissed to share with the people and events of our day the fire of that connectedness – the spirit! Like a great battery charger, as we run down and the world makes us feel less and less connected, we return to the Mass and are re-connected.