Have you had that awkward moment yet? I have. Actually, a couple times. Everyone around me remembered to grab their instructional pew cards. But no, I haven’t mastered that necessary skill I need to remember not to say “And also with you.” So there I stand, awkwardly sputtering the words my mind automatically supplies.
And what’s up with the creed? Consubstantial? As Steven Colbert put it, “We’re trying to get into Heaven here, not take the SAT’s!”
Have you figured out what that word means yet? Cause when we say it we’re professing what we believe. It’s as big a deal as it sounds so read about it here. Mark Hart’s explanation helps a lot.
I have to be honest – it’s been interesting trying to adjust. I found my favorite part of the new prayers though! It’s from the Eucharistic Prayer that the priest prays. He says, “Through Christ our Lord, through whom you bestow on the world all that is good.” (Eucharistic Prayer III)
I love that!
I admit it’s easy to be negative about a lot of things. Such as being a little frustrated with my mistakes in praying the new Roman Missal. I can even find a way to be a downer about Advent! I think to myself, “Great . . . another liturgical season where I probably won’t do what I should do in order to fully participate and get the most out of it.”
You probably never have such negative thoughts, huh?
God only bestows good on us though! The new Roman Missal? Good. My mistakes that humble me? Good. The Advent season? So good – because even my shortcomings can lead to a more powerful surrender to Jesus at Christmas. I realized that when I accept my weaknesses I’m free be more authentic with God.
So peace be with you (hint: you say “And with your spirit”). Keep trying; keep praying the prayers. Listen closely and maybe you’ll find a part that really speaks to your heart as well. And have a great Advent, even if the only thing you do is surrender this season to Jesus, He’ll lead you to what’s good.
After all, that is what He loves to “bestow on the world.”
I’m praying for you.