Liturgy November 5
The liturgy) shows forth the Church to those who are outside as a sign lifted up among the nations . . . (Vatican Council II, SC 2).
“You are the light of the world” (Mt 5:14). Except for epochs of persecution, the celebration of the liturgy has always been in public. Christ in his Church is the light that shines in the darkness.
“A city set on a mountain top cannot be hidden” (Mt. 5:14). The assembly of Christians raises the sound of prayer to attract the attention of humanity to the salvation of God. The whole Christ wants to be lifted up.
“One does not light a lamp and put it under a bushel basket, but on the lampstand” (Mt 5:15). Liturgical actions that communicate grace are not ineffective in the darkness. Christ in his body came to cast fire upon the earth.
“Let your light shine before others so that they see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Mt 5:16). The liturgy recalls the Paschal Mystery of Christ in the world to bring it to God. Christ, with his Christians, reflects perfectly the glory of his Father.
Where the cock crows, there is a village. (Tanzania)