Stepping into the
ROY CIMAGALA, firstname.lastname@example.org
August 21, 2019
WE need to realize more
deeply that everytime we participate in any liturgical act, we are
actually stepping into the supernatural world of God. We are made
contemporaries with Christ as he continues his work of human
redemption until the end of time.
And thatís simply because
in the liturgy, as in the celebration of the sacraments, especially
the Holy Eucharist, Christ is made present and continues to act. The
liturgy is a divine initiative, not ours. Itís God who brings us to
his supernatural world. Ours is simply to express and articulate in
human forms this divine initiative as commanded by Christ, and to
participate in its supernatural dynamics.
This is why we should
develop and keep a very special consideration, attention and
devotion to the liturgy, especially the Holy Mass. In it, we have to
give our all, carrying out what Christ commanded us to do: to love
God with all our might, and our neighbor as ourselves, which he
later perfected by saying that we have to love one another as he
himself has loved us.
If this truth about the
liturgy is understood and upheld properly, you can just imagine how
we ought to behave when we participate in a liturgical act! We can
never exaggerate the intensity of our devotion, prayer and worship
to God. Our best will always be found wanting. But the point is that
we just have to do our best even if our best can still be made
We need to do a more
effective and abiding catechesis on this very important aspect of
our Christian life. We cannot deny that there are many things that
indicate that the peopleís understanding and attitude toward the
liturgy is inadequate, marked by ignorance, confusion and error.
This sorry state about how
the liturgy is understood can even start among the clergy. Though we
cannot generalize, neither can we deny that in many instances the
sacredness of the liturgical acts appears to be missing due to the
way they are celebrated. More than faithful ministers of Christ,
some clerics reduce their status into simply being performers and
Being a divine initiative,
the liturgy, as in the celebration of the sacraments, derives its
supernatural effectiveness more from Godís power (ex opere operato)
rather than from our dispositions (ex opere operantis). Just the
same, it will always demand of us the best dispositions that we can
give. So we cannot overemphasize the need for the appropriate
preparation we ought to have before celebrating or participating in
a liturgical act.
Our participation in it
can be likened to the most pliable clay in the hands of the potter
(God) so that we can be as God wants us to be. We need to be as
malleable as possible to Godís will and ways. He is very eager to
make us like him.
Our participation in it
can also be likened to the relation that good labourers have toward
God, the owner of the vineyard or faithful servants in Godís
household. We need to work with the will of God as owner always in
We therefore cannot
overemphasize the need to participate in the liturgical acts as
actively as possible. In this regard, it would be helpful if we
familiarize ourselves with the prayers and the different parts
involved in the liturgy. We need to spend time for this purpose so
that hopefully we can go along with the liturgy actively aware of
what is happening and not just coasting along passively.
The prayers involved
usually are most inspired prayers that will always be helpful to us.
They express the proper attitude and sentiments we ought to have
toward God. They are always worthwhile to be internalized so that we
can truly enter into the spirit of the liturgy and not just get
entangled in its externals.