|Approximation of me at Mass,|
circa 6 years old.
However, there are still people my age and older who, even in their maturity, still dislike the Mass, mostly for the same reasons that I disliked it in my boyhood. In short, they don't like the ritual. There are people who leave the Church for the sheer reason that they do not like the ritualism of the Mass. They might go to another church that has more contemporary worship, with a rock band, and a hip young preacher talking about relevant topics and generally making Christianity more palatable. However, this does not confront the fear of ritual, it only serves to prolong and affirm it.
|Honestly, I've never even had|
|Celebrating the greatest state ever.|
|Its either Jesus, or I'm worshipping bread.|
The Holy Mass is a unique ritual. It is so ritualistic and so symbolic that there is no separation between what is represented and what is representing it. Mass is the perfect symbol because it IS what it represents; they are one in the same. Everything we do in Mass represents the saving actions of Jesus Christ, and does so with such perfection that the Mass IS Jesus Christ himself saving the world.
I grew and matured in my tastes, and thus took a deeper look at the delicacy and complexity of the Mass, and I came to love it. Mass is the perfect ritual and the best symbol, because its not a symbol or ritual at all, at least not in the sense that we understand it. Mass is the saving action of Jesus Christ in the world today. Mass saves people and sends souls to soaring heights. When I sit in Mass today, I still have an vivid imagination, but I don't get lost in it anymore. No, when I enter into the Mass, I find myself being found in my imagination. My imagination is the only thing capable of even coming close to understanding this amazing and unique ritual.
|Two millenia of saints and scholars, priests and poets,|
theologians and theories, and still, words cannot describe it.