Ghent Altar Piece – the wedding feast of the Lamb
The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. John 3:29
As we get ready to reopen Masses I have been reading about how different places are doing everything. As I stated in my last post, the tension is palpable.
As I have also stated before, the science is not my purview, nor is it up to me to judge the intentions of all the people involved, that is for God to do. I can only say that from my perspective all involved actually have good intentions. But as we know, the demonic doesn’t care about your intention, he looks for the open door to come in and destroy. I have always tried to write from a perspective of a Spiritual worldview; seeing what is unseen.
Because of the tension and poison arrows I see being flung around, I will not link to any of the stories of which I am about to tell you. This is to prevent the worldly temptation of trying to control another or tell another person how right you are. The virtue we all need right now is the virtue of humility. Humility breeds true love. Mary is the example. If someone makes you angry because of these things, get on your knees and pray. Pray for the conversion of the world.
With that all said I will tell you what I have been seeing and what I have been “seeing.”
In an effort to protect us, based on science, a lot of protocols are being put into place. One of the arguments is that communion should not be received on the tongue and great lengths are being taken to make sure no one is touched, even if receiving in the hand. One thing I saw said that Jesus would be “gently dropped” in your hand, in order to protect. I have heard it said by leadership that how the Eucharist is given is at the discretion of the Bishop or Priest and the laity have no right to demand how to receive. While I myself would never “demand” anything, I would ask not to be “lorded over.”
Tend the flock of God in your midst, [overseeing] not by constraint but willingly, as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly. Do not lord it over those assigned to you, but be examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd is revealed, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 1 Peter 5:2-4
If we look at this on it’s face, we can see those in leadership are sincerely trying to protect us and themselves. But from a spiritual perspective and understanding what the Mass is, this should make us weep. If the Mass is the wedding feast of the Lamb, a free and total giving of the Bridegroom to the Bride, it seems this wordly “protection” is bringing contraception into the the marital union; The representation of the Bridegroom levying a stipulation on the free giving of Christ’s love. The person in a state of grace, as a purified bride who is invited to the union, is being told by the bridegroom that prophylactic is needed. And Jesus weeps.
Christ manifests the love with which he has loved her [the Church] by giving himself for her. That love is an image and above all a model of the love which the husband should show to his wife in marriage, when the two are subject to each other ‘out of reverence for Christ. Saint John Paul the Great, August 25, 1982
I have also seen it said that masks must be worn by everyone, including small children and infants, and that anyone without a mask will be turned away. People with small children are being told to keep the children home.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
It seems the pandemic has made us totally ignore the Gospel. We have been excused from worshipping God. I don’t know about you, but a scripture verse comes to mind for me.
But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
I listened to this homily the other day and it most succinctly explains how I have felt, especially the last few minutes when the Priest reads a letter from a layman to his Bishop.
At this point in time I don’t know what the answer is. I am not meant to because I am not the Savior. It appears to me that only an Act of God directly can lift us out of this mess we are in. I can only say do not fear and do not despair. Hold on to the Hands of Mary and Joseph and keep your eyes on Jesus. The one thing I know for sure is the gates of hell shall not prevail.
Jesus I trust in you.