Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Parable and Conscience Meditation October 24

Liturgy  October 24

Our liturgical and community prayer is a special offering of praise to the Father . . . (Const. 17.1).

By his death and resurrection, Jesus became the High Priest of the New Covenant.  His prayer is an eternal intercession before his Father for the world.  "Therefore, he is always able to save those who approach God through him, since he lives forever to make intercession for them" (He 7:25).  Christ is joined in his prayer by all those who are saved by his Cross and who form his Body.  The Church co-offers with the glorified Jesus his eternal prayer of praise, thanksgiving, reparation and intercession.  This is his liturgy and his mission:  he is the Sacrament of Salvation in the world.  Each time the Church, as the Body of Christ, remembers the Paschal Mystery, this is, makes the liturgical memorial of his death and resurrection, she is inserted into the prayer of her Head, becoming an instrument of salvation for the world.  Because this prayer is continuous, she can join him at every moment.  According to her ancient tradition, the Church enters into the intercession of Jesus through a daily rhythm of prayer.  Beside the Eucharist, which is the liturgical act par excellence, the Church unites with her Head in the Liturgy of the Hours,  in the morning, at midday, in the evening, before retiring for the night and at a undetermined moment during the day for spiritual reading.  By these liturgical acts, the community of Jesus prays with him without ceasing and creates moments of sanctification for the human family.

Where the harvest, there the beggar.  (Shi)

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