So we’ve spent the last four weeks thinking about Christ’s presence in our celebration of Mass. 1) in the Sacraments (especially under the sign of bread and wine), 2) in the proclamation of scripture, 3) in the assembly, and 4) in the person of the ordained priest. But what is our experience? We know these things intellectually, but how do we experience Christ’s presence? Do we experience it at all? I’ll go out on a limb and suggest that many of us do not, at least regularly. He’s really there, so what’s the problem?
For me, and maybe many of you, it’s lack of openness. And sometimes the knowledge gets in the way. Since my job involves knowing all of the details of the liturgy, what comes next, how such and such should be place, what should be read, what will be sung, etc., I get distracted by these details. I’m constantly evaluating what is happening. And when I go to Mass on vacation, this habit is not easily shut off.