Source and Summit

May 31, 2021

Are you ready?
We often speak of “going to Mass” like the way we go to a concert, movie, or theater performance. Even though we know that the Eucharist is not a performance, it may be hard to put into words what we do at the Mass. And as long as we think of ourselves as going to Mass, we limit the ways the Eucharist may shape us as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Our role in the Eucharist is much more about participation than about watching. It’s like the difference between watching a sporting match and actually playing the game. We are called to full, conscious, and active participation in the Eucharist-we are to open our minds, hearts, and spirits, ready to be changed, to become more like Christ.
When we truly participate in the Eucharist, we allow Christ to speak to us, be joined in sacrifice, and be nourished in Holy Communion. We are drawn to communion with Christ and each other. Through this encounter with the Lord, we are renewed. We do not simply go to Mass. We take part. And our participation changes us for the better.

Source and Summit

May 28, 2021

What is the high point of your life?
Have you ever climbed a hill or mountain, and from the sop, suddenly found perspective? Or perhaps you recall a particular experience that was a high point for you, a time after which life will never be the same. These summits or high points become reference points for us. In those moments, our lives come into focus and our future direction is clearer, filled with greater hope and strength.
The Eucharist is the summit of the Christian life. It is the high point from we find direction and perspective. When we orient our lives with Eucharist as the summit, the rest of our lives take shape. The Eucharist becomes our reference point from which our daily decisions and actions come into focus with Christ as the center of our lives.
Perhaps we do not always think about this, but every Mass is an opportunity to encounter Jesus. We meet the Lord in celebrations of the Eucharist, and surely having done so, our lives will never be the same.

Source and Summit

May 26, 2021

Are you coming or going?
Do you ever wonder if you are coming or going? Most of us have the sense sometimes that life is too hurried, harried, and unfocused. We pause at the end of a day or a week and are not sure what just happened, or if any of it mattered. We need a source of peace and purpose to lead us to what is most important and give us greater meaning in life.
In the Eucharist, we come and go in a different way. We come to Mass with gratitude – the word Eucharist means to be thankful. We experience Christ’s presence in the Word of God proclaimed in the readings, in all who have gathered, in the priest who is in the person of Christ among us, and especially in the bread and wine which become Christ’s Body and Blood.
The Eucharist is the source of our lives as Catholic Christians. In the Eucharist, we are formed as Christ’s people and nourished to live as disciples in the world. We come to the source and are sent forth in mission.

Source and Summit

May 24, 2021

“A Christianity without a liturgy, I dare say, is perhaps a Christianity without Christ. Without Christ in full. Even in the sparest rite, such as that which some Christians have celebrated and continue to celebrate in places of incarceration, or in the seclusion of a house during times of persecution, Christ is truly present and gives Himself to His faithful.” – Pope Francis

Source and Summit

May 21, 2021

“The liturgy, in itself, is not only spontaneous prayer, but something more and more original: it is an act that founds the whole Christian experience and, therefore, also prayer. It is event, it is happening, it is presence, it is encounter. It is an encounter with Christ.” – Pope Francis

Source and Summit

May 15, 2021

In the Eucharist, we receive the Lord, are formed and nourished and made ready to live as followers of Jesus Christ in the course of our daily lives. When we think about it in this way, being sent out is part of the purpose in our coming to Mass in the first place.

Source and Summit

May 13, 2021

The Eucharist is the summit of the Christian life. It is the high point from which we find directions and perspective. When we orient our lives with Eucharist as the summit, the rest of our lives take shape. The Eucharist becomes our reference point from which our daily decisions and actions come into focus with Christ at the center of our lives.

Source and Summit

May 10, 2021

The Eucharist is the source of our lives as Catholic Christians. In the Eucharist, we are formed as Christ’s people and nourished to live as disciples in the world. We come to the source and are sent forth in mission.