33rd Week in Ordinary Time
Revelation 4:1-11;Psalm 150:1-6; Luke 19:11-28
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty! (Revelation 4:8)
Have you ever been part of a choir? Or maybe you have joined an enthusiastic crowd in a stadium as they belted out the national anthem? It can be a rousing experience, can’t it? So consider this: God has invited you to join the biggest choir there will ever be—any time you want!
Where does this choir perform? In your local parish, each time Mass is celebrated. Notice how, as he begins the Eucharistic prayer, the priest says that “with angels and archangels, with thrones and dominions, and with all the hosts and powers of heaven, we sing the hymn” of God’s glory. Not like them, but with them! It’s as if at every Mass we are lifted up to heaven, to stand in the presence of the millions of saints and angels who are constantly worshipping the everlasting God.
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty!” (Revelation 4:8). These words sound familiar, don’t they? You’ve probably sung them many times. Still, it’s easy to gloss over the stirring prayers in today’s first reading—just as it’s easy to become distracted during Mass. Maybe the petitions in the prayer of the faithful cause you to start listing everything you want God to intervene in. Then, the next thing you know, you’ve been preoccupied through the whole Eucharistic prayer! Instead of being lifted into the heavens, you feel as if you’ve come farther down to earth.
Don’t let this happen! All of heaven is opened to you at every single Mass. Jesus, the glorified Lamb of God, is there. So is your heavenly Father, who is looking on you with love and joy. Your family members and ancestors who have already passed from this life are there as well, joyfully singing the praises of their Redeemer. So are David, Elijah, Mary, Sarah, Martha, and all the other heroes of the Bible. During the celebration, your church, however humble it may appear, is transformed into a gleaming sanctuary. The people around you, however imperfect they (and you) are, now stand bathed in heavenly glory. If only for those few moments, let the cares of this life melt away. Lift up your heart to the Lord!
“Lord, you have always been, and you always will be; you are the Creator, the King, the eternal God. Praise be to you forever!”~WAU