Just Who is the center of salvation history in this Ordinary Form Mass?
(Saint) Paul states: “I do not consider my life in any way precious.” (Pope)Francis adds, he is “not the center of history, whether it is a great or a small history” he is “a servant”.
The Pontiff quotes a popular saying: “As you live, you die; as you live, you will leave” , Saint Paul leaves with a “freedom without compromises” and is still and always on the way, until the end of the mission God has entrusted to him on earth. This is how “a pastor dismisses himself” the Pope exclaims.
Francis then invokes: “With this beautiful example, let’s pray for the shepherds, our shepherds, the parish priests, the bishops, the Pope, for their lives be without compromises, a life on the way, and a life where they – he concludes - do not believe being the center of history and thus learn how to dismiss themselves”.
My comment: What better way to symbolize a cleric's desire not believing he is the center of history or the liturgy and thus is dismissive of himself by celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass ad orientem?
Let us thank Pope Francis for this brilliant insight against liturgical clericalism!