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Meeting Christ in the Liturgy
by Fr. Cusick

(CCC refers to the Catechism of the Catholic Church)


Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 

Exaudi me, Domine, vocem meam, qua clamavi ad te, alleluia: tibi dixit cor meum, quaesivi vultum tuum, vultum tuum, Domine, requiram: ne avertas faciem tuam a me, alleluia, alleluia. Dominus illuminatio mea, et salus mea: quem timebo? Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto, sicut erat in principio et nunc et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen. 

Christ is ascended into heaven! Alleluia! He has promised the gift of the Holy Spirit, who will lead us into all the truth. The gift of truth is fully accessible only in the Spirit of truth, and in knowledge of the truth we most fully embrace the living triune God. 

"When he proclaims and promises the coming of the Holy Spirit, Jesus calls him the "Paraclete," literally, 'he who is called to one's side,' ad-vocatus. (Jn 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7) 'Paraclete' is commonly translated by 'consoler,' and Jesus is the first consoler. (Cf. 1 Jn 2:1) The Lord also called the Holy Spirit 'the Spirit of truth.' (Jn 16:13)" (CCC 692) 

Together with the grace of the sacramental life, the knowledge of the truth sets us free for life in God. The Holy Spirit is the first taste of everlasting life, for in him we receive all the gifts of grace in this life. (See also CCC 248 and 263.) 

I look forward to meeting you here again next week as, together, we "meet Christ in the liturgy", 

 -Father Cusick 

Used with the permission of Fr. Cusick from his website