Why I am catholic…….reverence
My baby sister visited us a few years back. Not exactly for a happy visit because our older brother just past away. But that’s another story and I have mentioned it here and there in other writings.
But she had never attended a catholic mass, even though one of her best friends growing up was catholic (as was my best friend too!) . So I, like the big brother I am, instructed her on a few things one of which was concerning the eurcharist or communion. She could go up if she wished and receive a blessing from the priest. She choose to stay put in the pew. After we got home I asked her how she did she like her first mass, “it was reverent” were her words. I couldn’t agree more.
At our parish we have a total of five different mass times for you to choose from. Each one has a little bit of a different flavor to it. One mass is a little more geared towards the teens and young adults. It has a little more upbeat current music flare to it and the teens are more apt to start dancing in the pews or isle if the Holy Spirit strikes them. But when the procession begins til the last song sung the teens and young adults (and those young in heart) are reverent. To contrast the teen mass to the early morning mass, you guessed it, very few teens. Yet the early morning mass has a different type of reverence to it and a very quiet reverence. At the early mass you can hear yourself pray and during your prayer it can carry you away.
What is reverence? According to that ever reliable source, it states;
Definition of REVERENCE
honor or respect felt or shown : deference
; especially :
profound adoring awed respect
2: a gesture of respect (as a bow)
4: one held in reverence —used as a title for a clergyman
Let’s look at this a little closer.
The Church (when I say the Church I mean the Roman Catholic Church….just sayin’), the Church is issued the mission of guarding the deposit of faith to which the Lord intrusted. And the Church’s responsibility is to keep her guard up and defend these deposits of faith which Christ taught us. The Church uses not just the books of the Bible that are inspired by God but also those teachings which Christ, Himself being 100% Divine and 100% human, taught His (hand-picked) apostles. He taught them by way of oral teachings and better yet by example. What do we say to our kids “do what I say, not what I do” – wait, strike that, reverse it.
But that “teaching” by example is what is passed on down to us today and what in fact makes our faith so strong.
So when I think of “reverence” I think of all those who came before us and showed us how to be reverent. I think of the what those apostles must of been thinking and did they know and respect what they were witnessing. Of all the disciples that listen to Jesus’ teachings and the reverence they had for Him here on earth. And what about those who listen to the words of those who listened to Jesus teaching them the beatitudes. We are a people of faith. We need not witness miracles to believe because we believe by those who live by example and by the greatest teacher, Jesus Christ.
It’s another reminder of when the priest holds Him up high, in reverence and says “Behold The Lamb of God”