In the first reading today from Hebrews 12, we see an amazing glimpse of what the Mass is. In the Gospel reading from Mark 6, Jesus sends out the Twelve two by two and gives them authority over unclean spirits. This is especially important to Catholics, as we see Jesus giving His authority to the Twelve. We know that that authority has been passed down by the laying on of hands for nearly 2000 years.
Is Mass mundane for you? Boring? Same old, same old? You know all the responses and could say them in your sleep. The homily is too long or boring or both. Do you know why you feel this way? Because you’re blind. You can’t see the reality of what is happening right in front of you, all around you. But today’s reading from Hebrews 12 gives a nice little view of what is happening every time we go to Mass.
“You have approached Mount Zion and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and countless angels in festal gathering, and the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven, and God the judge of all, and the spirits of the just made perfect, and Jesus, the mediatior of a new covenant, and the sprinkled Blood that speaks more eloquently than that of Abel.” Next time you go to Mass, look around. Not with your physical eyes, but with your spiritual eyes. Everything will be just as the sacred author describes it. Can you see it?
Father, help us to open our eyes to the reality that surrounds us at Mass. May we see with reverence and awe the beauty of the eternal realities of which we become a part. Amen.