Last week, Pope Francis reminded us of something that Pope Benedict quite frequently spoke about: the demystification of the Mass, making it immanent rather than transcendental. This is it huge mistake because the Mass is quite the opposite. Of course he said this in his characteristic simple language:
“The liturgical celebration is not a social act, a good social act; it is not a gathering of believers to pray together It is another thing. In the liturgy, God is present”, but it is a closer presence. At Mass, “the presence of the Lord is real, very real…When we celebrate Mass, we are not re-enacting the Last Supper: no, it is not a re-enactment. It is something more: it really is the Last Supper. It is really living the Passion and the redemptive death of the Lord once more. It is a theophany: the Lord is present on the altar to be offered to the Father for the salvation of the world.” Source
This is significant because in the Western world, liturgical liberalism has almost become synonymous with demystification and imminantism. Imminentism is the idea that God is in the things around us as much as he is in us and in the Eucharist itself. It verges on pantheism. Whether we see it or practice it in our liturgy by reflecting the reality or not, the reality is that God transcends us rather than merely being “with and in us,” otherwise there would be no meaning nto the pope saying “the Lord is present on the altar”. Many would have us believe that at Mass, God is present in us being together alone, and not in an ‘inanimate’ object.
He also restated a classic and somewhat controversial aspect of doctrine: that those two are not disposed to received two meaning in particularly those two do not see themselves as in need of gods mercy, should not come to Mass because they are excluding themselves from communion.
“Sometimes someone asks: ‘Why bother going to church, the people who always go to Mass are sinners like the others’. If you do not feel in need of God’s mercy, if you do not feel you are a sinner, then it’s better not go to Mass, because we go to Mass because we are sinners and we want to receive the forgiveness of Jesus, to participate in His redemption, His forgiveness. Source
This is touching on the idea that those who are in mortal send should not attend mass(Noon), however it is making it even more unique and less often stated point that is almost more applicable to our modern world. That is if you don’t see how you commit sin (everyone does), then you really need to take another look because pretending to be in the body of Christ with an illusion not needing to reform one’s life according to the principles of the Gospel as taught by the church this problem at it. Ironically, the media in large part has translated this to the public as”the pope says you don’t have to go to mass now”.
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