Audio Readings November 19, 2014 33rd Week in Ordinary Time

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

 

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About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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