The Prayer after Communion at yesterday’s Mass reminds of an important point about Christian worship and Christian life, and the connection between the two.
Renewed by this bread from the heavenly table,
we beseech you, Lord,
that, being the food of charity,
it may confirm our hearts
and stir us to serve you in our neighbour.
Through Christ our Lord.
The real test of the authenticity of our worship is whether we are changed by it.
This rather puts the pressure on those who prepare the Liturgy for our participation, and who minster as priests and readers and musicians and all. But above all it places a certain responsibility on us all – to participate in the first place, but then to allow that participation to make a difference.
We are asked, invited, to take responsibility for how the life of Christ given us in word and communion and assembly and ministry, bears fruit in our lives in love. In love of neighbour and love of God. But if we want to see how we love God, we look to how we love our neighbour.
Love of neighbour may well include having some fun with iced water and donating to a charity, but look here for some words of context.
- How are you living love of neighbour today?
- And of God?
The image is of an advertising icon for the great photography exhibition held each year in Arles. I don’t think I understood the connection this year between image and exhibition this year. But nice icon!
Photograph (c) Allen Morris, 2014