We continue with the catecheses on the Holy Mass.
To understand the beauty of the Eucharistic Celebration, I want to begin with a very simple aspect: the Mass is prayer , rather, it’s the prayer par excellence, the highest, the most sublime and, at the same time, the most “concrete.” In fact, it’s the encounter of love with God through His Word and the Body and Blood of Jesus. It’s an encounter with the Lord.However, first we must answer a question. What is prayer really? It is first of all dialogue, personal relationship with God.
Luke 11: 1 - 4
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him,
"Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples." He said to them,
"Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins,for we also forgive everyone who sins against us And lead us not into temptation."
Prayer of the week
The journey of life is towards the definitive encounter with the Lord. The Book of Genesis affirms that man was created in the image and likeness of God,
who is Father and Son and Holy Spirit, a perfect relationship of love, which is unity. From this we are able to understand that all of us have been created to enter into a perfect relationship of love, in a continuous giving and receiving of ourselves to thus be able to find the fullness of our being.
When Moses received God’s call in front of the burning bush, he asked Him his Name. And what did God answer? “I am who I am” (Exodus 3:14)
In its original meaning, this expression expresses presence and favour, and, in fact, immediately after God adds: “The Lord, the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob”. (v. 15) Thus Christ also, when He calls His disciples, He calls them so that they will be with Him. Therefore, this is the greatest grace: to be able to experience that the Mass, the Eucharist is the privileged moment to be with Jesus and, through Him, with God and with brothers.
We heard it in the First Reading at the beginning of the Audience. Jesus answers that the first thing necessary go pray is to be able to say “Father.” Let’s be careful: if I’m not capable of saying “Father,” I’m not capable of praying. We must learn to say “Father,” namely, to put ourselves in His presence with filial confidence. However, to be able to learn, it is necessary to recognize humbly that we are in need of being instructed, and to say with simplicity: Lord, teach me to pray.
Prayer in my opinion is nothing else tan a close sharing between friends; it ,eans takng time frequently to be alone with him who we know love us. ST. TERESA OF AVILA (1515-1582)
EUCHARIST(Greek eucharistia = thanksgiving): Eucharist was at first the name for the prayer of thanksgiving that preceded the transformation of the bread and wine into Christ’s Body and Blood in the liturgy of the early Church.
Later the term was applied to the whole celebration of the Mass.
Every Wednesday the Pope addresses the crowd at Saint Peter Square. The Papal Audience is not a mass but the Pope gives a themed speech (Catechesis) , followed by prayers, a homily, and some singing.The word catechesis comes from the Greek meaning "to echo the teaching" meaning that catechesis or the teaching of the faith is an interactive process in which the Word of God re-sounds between and among the proclaimer, the one receiving the message, and the Holy Spirit!