Living in Faith for praying the Eucharist
In the Eucharist we receive deep catechetical instruction and spiritual nourishment through the Liturgy of the Word. The Readings are very aptly chosen so that over a three year cycle we are exposed to the major teachings of the Gospel.
By Oswald Cardinal Gracias
The Eucharist is the source and summit of our Christian life. SacrosanctumConcilium, the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Liturgy has helped us to get a deeper insight into the mystery of the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Repeatedly it has stressed that active participation of the faithful in the Liturgy is the important revival that the Council sought to bring about in the Liturgy.
In India, thanks to God’s special gift to us, lay participation in the Sunday Mass still remains good. But we need to take initiatives to make it even better. In the Pastoral Plan prepared by the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India, Liturgy was chosen as one of the priorities. Similarly in the Archdiocese of Bombay and in many other dioceses, pastoral plans have Liturgy as a big priority.
In the Eucharist we receive deep catechetical instruction and spiritual nourishment through the Liturgy of the Word. The Readings are very aptly chosen so that over a three year cycle we are exposed to the major teachings of the Gospel. This contact with God in the word reaches its climax in the reception of Holy Communion when we partake of the Body and Blood of Our Lord.
I am delighted that Living in Faith, a monthly Catholic companion magazine, and a very useful aid for a better participation in the Eucharist and for praying and living the Gospel is being launched in India and is beginning its entry in the country in our Archdiocese of Bombay.
The liturgical season of Lent is an important part of our journey in faith. The daily readings in Lent enable us to make a forty day Retreat with the Lord. The Sunday readings take us through the principle mysteries of Our Lord’s life, climaxing with the liturgy of his Passion, Death and Resurrection in Holy Week.
Living in Faith will help our faithful to understand the daily Mass prayers with the complete Scripture readings for every day of the week. It has reflections from well-known authors from across the world and a write up of the Saints of the day. Features on faith, family issues and Christian living will help us to become more effective missionary disciples of Christ as Pope Francis keepson reminding us is our mission. Jesus declares in John 10:10 “I have come so that you may have life in abundance.”
The Lenten season is the best time to experience more deeply the abundance of life in Christ that Jesus promised us. I warmly recommend Living in Faith to all who want to prepare themselves for a deeper participation in the Mass.
The Church in India is continuously striving, as part of its Pastoral Plan, to make our liturgies more vibrant. Living in Faith is a very handy companion for all of us in achieving this objective.
I am grateful to all those involved in this project. Thank you for coming to our people in this Archdiocese and beyond.
(Oswald Cardinal Gracias is the Archbishop of Bombay & President, Conference of Catholic Bishops of India)
This editorial appears in February 2018 issue of Living in Faith
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