TUESDAY, 2ND WEEK
Amy Strosser, C '14
"Those who offer praise as a sacrifice honor me."
This verse impacted me because of the word sacrifice. The word sacrifice is used repeatedly throughout Lent (Lenten sacrifices, sacrificing meat on Fridays, His sacrifice on the cross), but I want to look at this extraordinary word in a context that is part of any time of the year.
Have you ever had one of those days where you don't feel like going to Mass? All you really want to do is sleep, but you decide to go to Mass because you know it's the right thing to do. Those days when Mass seems to be the last thing that's on your mind are the days in which going to Mass means the most. Going to Mass is a sacrifice. A sacrifice of praise. "Praise as a sacrifice." Psalm 50:23
I'm sure you've heard this before: Mass is not only a celebration of Christ's sacrifice on the cross, but is a sacrifice of our time for the Lord. It is going beyond that which brings me to the next passage:
"For they preach but they do not practice." Matthew 23:3
Sacrificing your time to praise the Lord is a beautiful sacrifice and preaching to others the importance of the sacrifice of the Mass is also noteworthy. However, settling with only acknowledging the Mass as simply a sacrifice of time can stifle a person's growth as a Catholic. The Mass means so much more, and experiencing the importance of it through fully listening, fully participating, and fully appreciating the Mass is something to attain. Striving everyday towards fully appreciating the Mass is a perfect way to "practice" what you "preach."
Lord, help me to fall in love with the Mass each time I participate in it so one day I may fully comprehend the sacrifice of the Mass when I am with You in paradise. Amen.
Is 1: 10, 16-20; Ps 50: 8-9, 16-17, 21, 23; Mt 23: 1-12