On the Power of WordsWhen we pray before the altar of God, it can be an easy temptation to grow weary through repetition. We can repeat the proper response week in and week out during mass. Likewise we hear similar words nearly every week, and so we grow distracted and tired.
But I ask that we look to our own experience to correct our behavior: when we see a loved one, a family member, or a friend we can say “It's good to see you,” or “I've missed you,” or “I love you,” and each time these words produce a similar (if not the same) effect. These words, coming from someone who means it, never fail to hearten us and comfort us. Likewise, when we mean and say these words we too hope that they will do the same for our loved ones.
Yet how could we not trust the sincerity of these words?
Take this, all of you, and eat of it. For this is my body, which will be given up for you.
Take this, all of you, and drink from it. For this is the chalice of my blood. The blood of the new an