Saturday, November 4, 2017

Parable and Conscience Meditation November 4

Liturgy  November 

. . . we . . . celebrate the memorial of Christ’s death and resurrection (Const. 17.2).

The Jewish people sit together at table every year to remember their deliverance from Egypt.  The slain paschal lamb is put on the table in remembrance of that event.  The people recall the Exodus with every confidence that, in making memory of it, the liberation of that historical experience becomes theirs at that very moment.  The Jewish people of every generation observe rite in a way that reproduces for them the experience of their ancestors.  The meaning of the Exodus is felt in their own circumstances and remains an unshakeable hope for the future.  This biblical idea, which is called “anamnesis,” is at the base of Christian liturgy and particularly the Eucharistic rite.  Each time that Christians are at table or another liturgical prayer to make memorial of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, these events are made present to the worshippers.  The salvation of the Cross is there in all its efficaciousness.  "Anamnesis” is more that just a psychological remembering.  It is an act of thanksgiving that brings about what it commemorates, that is, the eschatological salvation of God.  The grace of the Paschal Mystery of Jesus takes effect at the moment.  All the sacraments are an “anamnesis” that touches Christian life at significant moments.  Every celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours makes present the redemption of Christ.

The spider web is suspended only where there is a support.  (Shi)

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