Letters to Jesus (Church, Religion, and Sacraments)-11
The grace of insight appears when it will. I suppose if we’re not ready for it, it’s wasted.
All my life I have participated in the Mass as an individual who is partof a group. However, I have just recently realized that the group at any given Mass is part of me.We are the individual at that Mass. It’s not me, but we!
Pronouns are very little words whose meaning is often glided over. I have been attempting to give more consideration to each time the words “we” or “us” are used in the Mass. With this effort has come the awareness that my take on “we” or “us” has always been me. Looking around at all the people at a Mass and disposing oneself mentally to being a cell in the whole body imparts a new sense to worship. We individually add what we bring to the people of God, but we gather around Your table as one body. My absence is pretty inconsequential, but my presence builds up the body, and the body sustains me and nourishes me.Sitting more toward the back of the church helps enhance this sense of group oneness. One can see the other people – each one like me, a cell in the body of worship and the body a part of each one.
The word “I” is seldom used in the ordinary prayers of the Mass except for the penitential rite. The psalms often use “I” or “my” and when scripture readings include quotations from You or others, one hears “I.” In the non-quotation instances where the words “I” or “me” are used I consciously try to insert “we, us,” or “our,” and this too helps in immersing one in the group identity at that liturgy.
The Liturgy of the Eucharist recalls how You did not just feed one, or a small group, but all who were gathered around You. You feed not just me, but us. St. Paul, in his letters, though often alone, is accustomed to addressing the early church as “we” and “us.” We are alone too, but we are alone together!