Monday, July 25, 2016

Youcat commented through CCC – Question n. 169.

YOUCAT Question n. 169 - What happens to us when we celebrate the liturgy?     

(Youcat answer) When we celebrate the liturgy, we are drawn into the love of God, healed, and transformed.     

A deepening through CCC

(CCC 1076) The Church was made manifest to the world on the day of Pentecost by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Cf. SC 6; LG 2). The gift of the Spirit ushers in a new era in the "dispensation of the mystery" - the age of the Church, during which Christ manifests, makes present, and communicates his work of salvation through the liturgy of his Church, "until he comes" (1 Cor 11:26). In this age of the Church Christ now lives and acts in and with his Church, in a new way appropriate to this new age. He acts through the sacraments in what the common Tradition of the East and the West calls "the sacramental economy"; this is the communication (or "dispensation") of the fruits of Christ's Paschal mystery in the celebration of the Church's "sacramental" liturgy. It is therefore important first to explain this "sacramental dispensation" (chapter one). The nature and essential features of liturgical celebration will then appear more clearly (chapter two).    

Reflecting and meditating 

(Youcat comment) The sole purpose of all liturgies of the church and all her sacraments is that we might have Life and have it abundantly. When we celebrate the Liturgy, we encounter the One who said about himseLf, “I am the way, and the truth, and the Life” (Jn 14:6). Someone who is forsaken and goes to Mass receives protection and consolation from God. Someone who feeLs Lost and goes to Mass finds a God who is waiting for him.  

(CCC Comment)      

(CCC 1077) "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. He destined us before him in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved" (Eph 1:3-6).       

(The next question is: What is the most profound origin of the Liturgy?)   

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