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Monday, December 26, 2011

EQ Reader Complaint: "A priest stole my Christmas in the church!"

"The Mass", as we most often call it, is really short form of, "The Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass".
Linger a moment on those 7 words, for they contain quite nearly everything that you will need to know in order to understand why you go to Church, or why you ought to.

The Mass, first and foremost, is a Sacrifice. Not a figurative sacrifice, not a mere remembrance of something done long ago, and not a metaphor. It is a real sacrifice. At Mass you are witnessing – even participating in – a sacrifice, very real and very present.

Does that surprise you?

We do not hear very much about this – but unless we understand this most fundamental, this absolutely central aspect of the Mass, nothing else makes sense. Our lack of understanding the Mass as a Sacrifice contributes to most of the confusion that surrounds our going there and being there.

 From Wikipedia
The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) states:

29. When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to his people, and Christ, present in his own word, proclaims the Gospel. Therefore, all must listen with reverence to the readings from God's word, for they make up an element of greatest importance in the Liturgy. Although in the readings from Sacred Scripture God's word is addressed to all people of every era and is understandable to them, nevertheless, a fuller understanding and a greater effectiveness of the word is fostered by a living commentary on the word, that is, the Homily, as part of the liturgical action.

65. The Homily is part of the Liturgy and is strongly recommended, for it is necessary for the nurturing of the Christian life. It should be an exposition of some aspect of the readings from Sacred Scripture or of another text from the Ordinary or from the Proper of the Mass of the day and should take into account both the mystery being celebrated and the particular needs of the listeners. From Wikipedia
So, what should be the Sermon be?
The homily (sermon) should be preached only after the Gospel. As the sermon remains one of the main methods of the catechesis, best use should be made by enlinghting and expanding the word of God of the days Gospel readings, and not unnecessarily bore the people by talking of some other topics and events.
If people want to hear something else other than the world of God, they know where to go...
THE Sermon In The Sunday Mass Is NOT:
  • Entertainment
  • A social
  • A musical
  • A comedy
  • A talent show
  • A talkathon

A Very Angry EQ Reader Complaint:
"They "stole" my Christmas in the Sunday Mass (7:15 pm) on December 25, 2011 in the Our Lady Of Fatima Church in Philamlife Village , Las Pinas.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 
John begins his gospel with these famous words: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).  Like a prophet throwing down the gauntlet, he begins with a bang by addressing the biggest question we all must eventually face–who is Jesus?  What is John saying about Jesus by calling him the Word?  Jesus as the Word is the creator of the universe.  He is the life and light of the world.  Jesus as Word (Greek: Logos) is both with God and is God.  This can only be so if Jesus is both distinguished and united with God.  This is exactly what the Scriptures as a whole teach about Jesus.  The doctrine of the Trinity makes logical sense out John 1:1  In essence, Jesus as the Word is the creator and sustainer of all creation, he is the life of all men, and he is the light of the world.  He is preexistent to the incarnation.  In other words, Jesus the man is eternal—he is God!

The Sunday gospel for Christmas was so beautiful: 
John 1: 1 - 18

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God;
3 all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.
4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him.
8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light.
9 The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not.
11 He came to his own home, and his own people received him not.
12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God;
13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.
15 (John bore witness to him, and cried, "This was he of whom I said, `He who comes after me ranks before me, for he was before me.'")
16 And from his fulness have we all received, grace upon grace.
17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
18 No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known.

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

"I don't know what was going on in the head of the priest (in Our Lady Of Fatima Church in Philamlife Village , Las Pinas) during the homily. Instead of expounding the gospel, he was in a very strange mood conducting a Christmas carol "singing contest" among the different sections of the church. 
But the silliest thing during the homily was his challenge to the church goers to reflect on the words "CHECK" and CASH"on Christmas day by making these words non-sequitur acronyms.
There was absolutely no connection at all between his "comedy act" and  the Sunday gospel (John 1:1-18). 
Sadly, this happened on Christmas day (December 25, 2011)!
The WORST homily that my wife and I have ever heard in our lives. 
Enough said!