“The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way, and how Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.” Do these words of the Gospel sound familiar? Do they remind you of what takes place at Mass each weekend?
Try to pay attention in a new way, asking to be made aware of how the Scripture readings, the prayers of the priest, including the Eucharistic prayer, and the words of the songs we sing recount the ways that Jesus shows us the way. Listen for all the times during the Mass that we ask for forgiveness, for mercy and true repentance.
The highlight of the Mass, of course, is the presence of Jesus in the breaking of the bread. Listen carefully to the words of our Communion song. As we walk in procession, within and with our community, we celebrate our belief and we express our gratitude. We realize that we are the Body of Christ, receiving the Body of Christ.
Marty Haugen reminds us in the lyrics to “We Remember”: “We remember how you loved us to your death, and still we celebrate, for you are with us here; And we believe that we will see you when you come, in your glory, Lord, we remember, we celebrate, we believe.”