Thursday, February 19, 2015
WHEN THE MASS WILL HAVE TO DO!
There were two video screen above the altar that showed the words to the songs and prayers. Thus there was no need for a missalette or hymnal. I hate that!
In addition, the Mass was televised on this video screens. So I could look at the priest in front of me or look up and see him on the video screens. I hate that! In this particular church, everyone could see the altar. There was no need to see the priest on the video screens.
The priest, 81 years or so, extremely well tanned and well-healed was an entertainer beginning immediately after the processional hymn, through the homily and at the end. I hated it! It was all about him, his humor, his life and his peccadilloes. I was embarrassed by some of what he said although I think he was clueless.
But as I looked around at the elderly congregation they were eating it up. Dysfunctional? Yes I would say so.
But the Mass was valid. I heard the Word of God. I got something out of the stupid, narcissistic homily and the Holy Sacrifice was offered and I received Holy Communion, the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord. I believe I received our Lord worthily too!
I can be very critical of how Mass is celebrated today as there is much to criticize. However, this is counterproductive during an actual Mass and can be an occasion of sin, even mortal sins against charity, for the one who is so critical and negative no matter how much material is present for critique and negativity.
Sometimes we have to rely on ex opere operato.
Wikipedia summarizes this principle in the Catholic Church:
Ex opere operato is a Latin phrase meaning "from the work worked" referring to the efficacy of the Sacraments deriving from the action of the Sacrament as opposed to the merits or holiness of the priest or participant. In modern usage, the phrase often refers to the idea that sacraments are efficacious in and of themselves rather than depending on the attitude either of the minister or the recipient. For example, Confirmation might be held to bestow the Holy Spirit regardless of the attitude of both the bishop and the person being confirmed.