Taste and See: Work in Progress

EntombmentOn Sunday, the 33rd Sunday of the Year,  there was an additional poignancy to the Prayer after Communion. Many may have come to Mass in Europe, especially, crippled by fear, hate, prejudice, grief.

We were offered, invited to, all sorts of healthy alternatives during Mass. But Mass is no quick fix. The nourishment that is served us by the Living Lord in his Church, needs to be taken and absorbed, responded to, doubted, cooperated with, given thanks for and lived.

And so on Sunday, at the last, before we were sent out, we prayed for charity, for love.

Prayer after Communion

We have partaken of the gifts of this sacred mystery,
humbly imploring, O Lord,
that what your Son commanded us to do
in memory of him
may bring us growth in charity.
Through Christ our Lord.

And we pray today again for that gift to live in us, and us to bear the fruit of the gift for others.

The entombment of Christ. Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris. (c) 2015, Allen Morris

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3 thoughts on “Taste and See: Work in Progress

  1. Caroline says:

    How very appropriate too on the weekend of the Paris killings, to have that very moving picutre of the entombment of Christ – in Paris…. and your words of the fear, grief, anger… that is around, and yet, the people of Paris seem to be saying, we will walk on in love and joy…
    Thanks Allen, as ever, hits the spot.

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  2. Thanks Caroline. I went looking for inspiration in pics I took on a visit just after the Charlie Hebdo killings. It seems so much longer ago than just January. I’m feeling I want to go again to be part of Paris at this moment, but am not sure there’ll be time before Christmas.
    There does seem to be such resilience to the civic spirit in Paris. London was a little like that after the riots some summers back…

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