“Go in peace, glorifying the Lord with your life.”
“Thanks be to God.”
No, we are not proclaiming, thank heaven Mass is over! We are being sent forth in what we know as the “Dismissal Rite,” a vital part of every Mass.
It is here that we are sent into the world to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. Now that we have gathered as a people of faith, asked God for mercy for our sinfulness, given glory to God in song, listened to the Word and the instruction from the priest, reconciled with one another in the Sign of Peace, prayed to Our Father and received the ultimate gift of Jesus in the Eucharist, we are strengthened and prepared to go forth to teach the Gospel.
We are sent, like Jesus sent the disciples, to glorify the Lord with our lives. How does that happen? How do you glorify the Lord by the way you live? One way for each of us to measure how we are doing is to ask ourselves; are we proud (in a good sense) of how we live? Are we doing our best to live as Jesus taught us? We might do well to examine our lives in light of the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy, for they provide for us a guide. Let us take inventory:
The Corporal Works of Mercy – How am I doing? Feed the hungry. Give drink to the thirsty. Clothe the naked. Shelter the homeless. Visit the sick. Visit the imprisoned.
Bury the dead.
The Spiritual Works of Mercy – How am I doing?
Counsel the doubtful. Instruct the ignorant. Admonish the sinner. Comfort the sorrowful.
Forgive injuries. Bear wrongs patiently. Pray for the living and the dead.
We would do well to take time to reflect on all the possibilities for serving others that exist in each of the Works of Mercy. For instance: Shelter the homeless – that could mean providing adequate shelter for your own family. It might also include offering assistance to others as they work to provide the same. It could mean being involved in mission work or Habitat for Humanity within one’s community. It may also mean responsibly using your right to vote to enact laws to provide funding for people of low income. Or, in regard to admonishing the sinner – we might have young children or grandchildren still learning right from wrong or teens who are in the process of making choices, some of which could be harmful to themselves or others. Admonish means to warn, to caution, to reprimand and we are called as Christians to assist others in knowing what Jesus teaches. Of course as we admonish, we do it with a spirit of love and care – another way of showing the love of God to others. So the next time you attend Mass, be attentive to the Dismissal
Rite for it is vital to your living your Christian life. Let us together thank God for the opportunity to share his love in our world.
Have a great week,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC