Friday, May 25, 2012

(Another Picture of) Peter Taking Jesus's Hand

Three months ago, I posted a picture HERE of Jesus taking Peter's hand to prevent him from sinking in the water.

Today, class, I'd like to post another version of it here, with a brief prayer:

Save us, Lord, for we are sinking.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Doxology & Changing Diapers

During Mass today, I had to change my little baby's diaper.  I went to the diaper changing station at the parish restroom.  I left some time after the consecration.  There was no way to wait to change the diaper.

As I changed my baby's dirty diaper, I knew the priest was praying the doxology. 

The doxology is when the priest glorifies the Father, through the Son, in the Spirit.  He elevates the Body and Blood of Christ as he prays this.

In the English speaking world, there is a new translation for this.  Click HERE for the updated translation.

At that moment, it was when I offered in my heart, mind, soul and strength.  I also offered up the cares of my family life with an act of the will.  I offered up the mundane moment of changing smelly diapers.

I united everything ordinary that I had experienced for the glory of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The Eucharist is the source and summit of all Christian life.  All Christian activity flows from the Eucharist, and all Christian activity returns to the Eucharist.  The changing table in front of me was united to the Altar of Sacrifice in that church, and that altar in that church offered the very same sacrifice of Calvary over 2,000 years ago.

Even dirty diapers can be transformed into a salvific act.