… After the congregation stumbled through the mass last night, myself included, with a few “and also with your spirit” responses it became obvious that I wasn’t paying hard enough attention to the mass itself. I wasn’t truly present, just merely on auto-pilot.
I think the start of Advent is a good time to be reminded not to spiritually take mass for granted. There was a time in my formation process during conversion where I knew all the scriptural references and symbolism involved in the celebration of mass. A few years of auto-pilot and a squirmy little boy in the pews will definitely remove your attention from the miracle that enfolds before your eyes each week.
Oh, and how about that gospel reading; “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come….May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!'”
Photo source: Rome of the West