Are you ready for something that will revolutionize your engagement at Mass? It’s from a Deacon who took my Revive Your Catholic Prayer Life course. This is what he shared about how to get more out of the ultimate prayer, the Holy Mass:
“We need to put all of our pain and troubles, everything, in those gifts on their way up the aisle to the altar, because the gifts that we’re bringing up will be transformed. It’s not just bread and wine and money going up there – it’s all of our hopes, dreams, complaints – and everything else we can put in that basket. And God will transform them – and give them back to us transformed.
“When we receive Communion, we’re receiving something completely different than those gifts that went up. We can go to Communion with the idea that everything we threw in that basket with the gifts: the crappy stuff that weighs us down, is coming back to us transformed. The bread and wine have been transformed into the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ, and in that, our burdens and worries have been transformed, too.”
Now, I had heard of putting all our worries and wounds in the gifts as they are brought to the altar and of receiving the bread made body and blood of Christ, but I had never closed the loop that the painful stuff that we attach to the gifts – that pain is always given back to us transformed by Christ into our salvation, into a Word of Hope.
I’ll be going to Mass shortly, and look forward to having all the anxiety of this day transformed by Jesus into a blessing that invites me to rest in the arms of God and trust that he has bound up all my wounds – and that he’s in charge, not I.