Taste and See: Truth

Harrow amboOn Sunday, the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Gospel Acclamation offered in the Lectionary was typically brief, simple and memorable.

Alleluia, alleluia!
Your word is truth, O Lord:
consecrate us in the truth.
Alleluia!

Jn17:17

Sometimes less is more.

In Western society we often miss this. We suffer from a surfeit of information and stimuli. We do not have time to engage with it all, but still go looking, or are presented with more. Some say the Sunday Liturgy of the Word is rather like that: we can find ourselves bludgeoned by words and have not sufficient space to hear the Word,, let alone engage with him and dialogue with him as is expected.

It is said that if children are too regularly exposed to Liturgy which they are not able to participate in, the exposure can be pointless and harmful. Maybe too many in our congregations are suffering from Liturgy-burn: too much is offered, too quick, and they are not really connecting with it. The renewal of liturgical participation mandated by Vatican II has still some way to go.

‘They’ might well have problems. But if they do, probably so will you and I.

  • What helps my hearing the Lord at Mass?
  • What hinders?
  • What might be done quickly and possibly easily to move things forward?
  • What might take longer? With whom do I need to work to bring that about? Where might we start?

A recently refurbished sanctuary. Church of St John Fisher, North Harrow. (c) 2014, Allen Morris.

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