07 January 2013
ACK!!! It doesn't get much more silly than that, folks. THIS is what time was created for! THIS is how the time itself is redeemed! Think of these words at the tail end of the Preface: "evermore praising You and saying: Holy, holy, holy!"
Yes, EVERMORE. As in all time, all space, all of life itself. It was made and given to us that we might fill it with the praise of God in and through the gift of Jesus Christ. That we might join with angels and with archangels and with all the company of heaven. That we might praise "evermore and evermore."
And who on earth are we that we should be called to such a high and holy calling? Talk about grace! We poor sons of Adams and daughters of Eve, with mouths filled so often with griping, complaining, excuses, lies and you name it. We wretched ones. WE are summoned and called into a new way of living, of being. With our sins forgiven, robed in the very righteousness of Him who became a Child of Mary to make us all children of God, whose sacrifice has made us companions of the holy angels, we are given the unspeakable privilege of joining in their unending hymn! And it's all acceptable to His Father through the Son and in the Spirit.
"That we might BE to the praise of His glory" is how St. Paul put it in Ephesians 1. The beauty of our liturgy is how it states this so simply, so concisely, and then summons us to enter into this joyous gift. Evermore. Take that word into your heart, into your mind. Repent of the rush and savor the wonder. YOU are called to praise.
Posted by William Weedon at 7:38 PM