There’s this song. It goes, “How can I keep from singing your praise? How could I ever say enough? How amazing is Your love!” I’m pretty sure in our heart of hearts, we cry these same lines- an overwhelming, profound love for our Creator, our Savior, Redeemer. So great that one is bound to ask, “Why? What triggered this love?” And no other answer will suffice than a “because I can’t keep God from loving me.” Which is true. Even until this very day. This exact time. This exact second, even. And one concrete proof of that: the Holy Mass.
The Holy Mass, more than being an obligation, we, Catholics must do, in order to not sin, is Calvary continued. It’s not a play that priests put on for us to make us imagine the Passion of Christ. It’s not a mere memory. It’s not just a ritual. It’s not a narrative of a past story but more of a dynamic description of God’s love for us until now. Whenever we celebrate the Holy Mass, we re-experience Christ’s passion. In the Holy Mass, Christ is truly present- flesh, blood and love. Every mass is a continuation of a dance. Just as Joyce Rupp, a poet, puts it, God comes to our fragments and “asks with twinkling eyes, ‘May I have this dance?’ the Voice stretches into [us], a stirring leaps in [our] hearts, lifting up the bones of death’”.
To sum it all up, the Holy Mass is the greatest way to experience and re-experience the Greatest Love Story ever told. The challenge is to offer our waiting selves to the One who’s never stopped believing in us, and savor the dance, let it continue, appreciate it for what it is. St. Jeann Vianney was right in saying, “if we knew the value of the Mass, we would die of joy”.
A point to ponder on: What is your experience of the Holy Mass?