Sunday, July 09, 2006

"Behold, I am doing something new."

“Lord, make it new for us,” Father Jason prayed during his homily at the Manchester monthly Mass to promote vocations (June 18). He was talking about Pope JP2’s hope that we could “rekindle Eucharistic amazement.” When we’re at Mass, no matter how many times we’ve been to Mass, it’s the Savior of the World on the altar in front of us. It’s not routine.

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 Mass. Scarf some dry cereal for breakfast. Pile into the van. Walk 25 miles. Talk to folks. . . .

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?


Anonymous said...

Hey Phil,
I was talking with Pope Benedict the other day and he said you guys are doing great. Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

hey everyone
i can't wait to hear about what NYC was like. i have been spreading the news about your mission all over San Francisco...i'm compiling a list of priests that are praying for you guys, which i'll give pat & lacy when we all get back.
lots of love and prayers!

Who we are?

Every summer we, the Missionaries of the Eucharist, are walking from Lewiston, Maine to Washington, DC to proclaim the beauty of the Catholic faith to everyone we meet, specifically through the Theology of the Body.

Conversion begins in our own hearts,which is why prayer is so important to our ministry. For this reason, everyday of our ten week walk begins with daily Mass. By receiving Christ in the Eucharist, we are given the grace to be the Love of Christ not only to those in our community but also to those we meet in the streets.

We walk throughout the day to be a witness of love. We are grounded in prayer-we pray with our lips, our hearts, and our bodies. In walking an average of twenty-five miles per day, we offer our fatigue as a gift of love to Christ and the people we meet. Our walking is both sacrifice and prayer.