Thursday of Lent Week 1

Collect: Bestow on us, we pray, O Lord, a spirit of always pondering on what is right and of hastening to carry it out, and, since without you we cannot exist, may we be enabled to live according to your will.

Today was a fun day for me because after work (which was a normal day, by the way) I got to sing alongside some really talented people for a High Mass in the Extraordinary Form. Today’s Collect in the Ordinary Form really sums up why I do things like this.

The Liturgy is the source and summit of Christian life.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI once said “If we don’t have the Liturgy, what do we have?”

It is through the Liturgy that we live the life of the Church. It is through the Liturgy that Heaven comes on Earth and bread and wine become the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of God the Son himself.

If one is to seek out God, the easiest thing to do is go to Mass. God is actually, physically there.

It is at the Mass that we see the bloodless re-presentation of Calvary. It is at the Mass that we see the pinnacle of prayer, fasting, and alms-giving because we see Christ giving himself to us.

If we can see God do that for us, what is stopping us from doing the same for the people around us? That is why we draw inspiration from the Mass. We have to be continually reminded of what God is willing to do for us so that we may do that for others.

I encourage all of you to learn as much as you can of the Mass. Learn its rubrics, hymns, and prayers, and see what was the source of strength for centuries of Saints.

After all, we are called to be Saints too.

Have a blessed Lent.

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