In his excellent ASK FATHER series, Fr. John Zuhlsdorf (Fr Z) once again give a proper Catholic response to this confused reader…
Last summer I heard a bishop say, “We don’t go to Mass to adore Jesus…” (I was too shocked to hear why we do go.) Last week, my own priest in his homily, said something to the effect that we go to Mass to support each other in our journey as Christians.
I can support my friends over coffee; they aren’t why I come to Mass.
Am I wrong to have adoration as my primary focus?? Doesn’t Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving, Supplication still apply?
Is this confusion why we have to sing constantly during the Communion procession? There is no silence for personal prayers of gratitude and love.
I’ve tried to ask for clarification, but those who are committed to this community model become very agitated when I question. It’s pretty much the universal model in our diocese. Am I really that far off base? Please some direction or explanation. If I’m wrong, I will do my best to go along with this, but the best spin I can put on it is that it’s rude to ignore our Lord, and I believe it’s probably a lot worse than rude.
We don’t go to Mass to adore Jesus?
Huh! Who knew?
The first of the “Four Ends” for Mass comes to mind. The Four Ends (reasons/aims/purposes) are:
Adoration [Hey! It’s the first!]
A wag once said,
“To pray the liturgy is to really enter into the mystery of God, to allow ourselves to be brought to the mystery, and to be in the mystery. [We are all] gathered here to enter into the mystery: this is the liturgy. It is God’s time, it is God’s space, it is the cloud of God that surrounds all of us. To celebrate the liturgy is to have this availability to enter into the mystery of God, to enter into His space, His time, to entrust ourselves to this mystery. We would do well today to ask the Lord to give to each of us this ‘sense of the sacred’ — this sense that makes us understand that it is one thing to pray at home, to pray in Church, to pray the Rosary, to pray so many beautiful prayers, to make the Way of the Cross, so many beautiful things, to read the Bible — [but] the Eucharistic celebration is something else. In the celebration we enter into the mystery of God, into that street that we cannot control: only He is the unique One — the glory, the power — He is everything. Let us ask for this grace: that the Lord would teach us to enter into the mystery of God.”
Entering into that mystery is another way of saying adoration.
In the Holy Mass, God touches earth and gives us a glimpse of heaven. The Second Person of the Blessed Trinity becomes truly present in the Eucharistic elements.
God is really there.
Adoration seems like a reasonable response.
Adoration of the God who made us could be among the reasons for going to Mass.
So, keep adoring. And keep ignoring silly things that some people say, even if they wear pointy hats and rings.
Oh… and that wag? That was Pope Francis on 10 February 2014.