A Cancer in the Body of Christ | #910

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Ordinary Time, 3rd Sunday (C) We are given a holy place and a holy time so that we might become God’s holy people. Every part of the Body of Christ matters. Parts that live for themselves become a cancer and must be cut out. Each part contributes to the good of all. Be holy! (27 Jan 2019)

Going Deeper: Make a little time to sit and read Sacrosanctum Concilium, the document on the Liturgy from Vatican Council II. Then share your thoughts in the comments below.

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    In my home parish in Ottawa, Canada, we are reminded of Sacrosanctum Concilium at the start of every Sunday Mass. After a brief message of welcome from the celebrant’s assistant, he/she invites everyone in the congregation to “full, conscious and active participation” (SC 14). Following this, the CA invites everyone to turn around, welcome each other in the pews and share one’s name with visitors. There is a genuine sense of active engagement at Mass, inspired in large part by SC 14, including through the practice of lay reflections, as well as the tradition of inviting the congregation to stand around the altar during the Eucharistic celebration. To then emphasize the importance of full conscious participation and also a sense of community, the entire congregations stands until the last person (usually the pianist or cantor) receives Communion.

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