“Lord, make it new for us,” Father Jason prayed during his homily at the
We’re sometimes blessed with the chance to speak at multiple parishes, visiting all of their Masses over the weekend. This means doing three or four Masses on a given Sunday. We face a temptation to not give the due respect and prayerful intensity that the great Sacrifice of the Mass deserves. I’ve been praying a lot for the grace to not let the Mass become routine.
I pray for a short-term memory – that I might approach each sacrifice of the Mass with the freshness as if it were my first of the day.
“Behold, I am doing something new” (Isaiah 43:19). There’s a similar temptation to consider each day as another itinerary to be completed. Get up. Go to
How predictable does this become? We have our setup. We mean business. We know our message. We just do it.
But how much more does God have in mind for us? “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9). We’ve already gone out on a limb, giving God our summers – praying, “Here, Lord, these 1100 miles are Yours, Do with them what You please” – how much can He do if we’re open to Him exceeding the mental boxes into which we tend to put Him?