Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Youcat commented through CCC – Question n. 184 - Part II.

YOUCAT Question n. 184 - Part II. How does the liturgy affect time?    

(Youcat answer - repeated) In the liturgy time becomes time for God.          

A deepening       

(CCC 1115) Jesus' words and actions during his hidden life and public ministry were already salvific, for they anticipated the power of his Paschal mystery. They announced and prepared what he was going to give the Church when all was accomplished. The mysteries of Christ's life are the foundations of what he would henceforth dispense in the sacraments, through the ministers of his Church, for "what was visible in our Savior has passed over into his mysteries" (St. Leo the Great Sermo 74, 2: PL 54, 398).           

Reflecting and meditating 

(Youcat comment) Often we do not know what to do with our time—we look for a pastime. In the liturgy, time becomes quite dense, because every second is filled with meaning. When we celebrate the liturgy, we experience the fact that God has sanctified time and made every second a gateway into eternity.          

(CCC Comment)         

(CCC 1164) From the time of the Mosaic law, the People of God have observed fixed feasts, beginning with Passover, to commemorate the astonishing actions of the Savior God, to give him thanks for them, to perpetuate their remembrance, and to teach new generations to conform their conduct to them. In the age of the Church, between the Passover of Christ already accomplished once for all, and its consummation in the kingdom of God, the liturgy celebrated on fixed days bears the imprint of the newness of the mystery of Christ.         
(The next question is:  Why does the liturgy repeat itself every year?) 

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