Sunday, July 24, 2016

Youcat commented through CCC – Question n. 168.

YOUCAT Question n. 168 - Why does the liturgy have priority in the life of the Church and of the individual?

(Youcat answer) “The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it is also the font from which all her power flows” (Second Vatican Council, Sacrosanctum concilium 10).         

A deepening through CCC

(CCC 1081) The divine blessings were made manifest in astonishing and saving events: the birth of Isaac, the escape from Egypt (Passover and Exodus), the gift of the promised land, the election of David, the presence of God in the Temple, the purifying exile, and return of a "small remnant." the Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms, interwoven in the liturgy of the Chosen People, recall these divine blessings and at the same time respond to them with blessings of praise and thanksgiving.       

Reflecting and meditating 

(Youcat comment) During Jesus’ Lifetime, multitudes of people flocked to him, because they were seeking his healing presence. Even today we can find him, for he Lives in his Church. He assures us of his presence in two places: in service to the poor (Mt 25:40) and in the Eucharist. There we run directly into his arms. And when we Let him get close to us, he teaches us, feeds us, transforms us, heals us, and becomes one with us in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

(CCC Comment)

(CCC 1082) In the Church's liturgy the divine blessing is fully revealed and communicated. The Father is acknowledged and adored as the source and the end of all the blessings of creation and salvation. In his Word who became incarnate, died, and rose for us, he fills us with his blessings. Through his Word, he pours into our hearts the Gift that contains all gifts, the Holy Spirit.       
(The next question is: What happens to us when we celebrate the liturgy?)    

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