My Catholic friends here I come with my evangelization on how to be better a Catholic. Only this time it’s about getting into the character of what is about to hap- pen when you go to Mass. As soon you step into the Church structure and Bless your- self with Holy Water and make the sign of the Cross on yourself your mood should change into a solemn joyous anticipation that you are about to be in the presence of the Holy Spirit. You are about to take part in a Holy ceremony instituted by Jesus Christ.
Our ordained Catholic Priest leads us through all the precise parts of the Mass. We join him in prayers and become members of the Priesthood. We take part in all the Liturgical prayers, songs, and readings which lead up to Liturgy of the Eucharist. At that moment, the Gifts of bread and wine we offer to God become for us the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ our spiritual food which we will consume. We will then be in communion with Him and members of his Kingdom. We are made new! Wow! Isn’t that neat!
The worshiping being done here on Earth during Mass is like what is continuously being done in Heaven. A description of Heaven is given by Saint John in the Book of Revelations. The Apostle John describes a vision that is shown to him by Jesus. John’s spirit is raised up to heaven and the Door to Heaven is opened. He sees a throne and many worshippers surrounding it. God is on the throne and many spirits are there praying and worshiping him. The Saints and the Martyrs described as Elders are also there worshiping. God is holding a scroll with seven seals in his right hand. The seals signify that the document is like a legal contract but more precisely a Covenant. No one present is worthy to receive the scroll. John begins to weep because no one is worthy. Then he sees a Lamb appear. He sees that the Lamb had wounds sacrificial Lamb would have. One of the Elders tells Saint John not to weep. The Lamb is the only one worthy to be given the scroll. The Lamb goes up and takes the scroll then all the spirits fall down and began to worship him. The Lamb of course is Jesus Christ. During our Catholic Mass the same thing is happening. The Eucharist which is the same Lamb is presented to us on the Altar. We are all gathered in front of the Lamb the same as those in Heaven worshiping Him through prayers and hymns.
There are many verses in Revelations that parallel the Catholic Mass which gives it enormous beauty. We don’t have enough space in this article to explain all of them even if I could.
So, my friends next time you come to Mass, enter the Church in the frame of mind knowing that you are soon going to be in the presence of God the Holy Spirit. Humble your selves knowing that like in God’s Kingdom in Heaven we are going to be worshiping and giving glory to God. If you have made yourself worthy to consume the Body and Blood of our Lord, you should also be happy to know that you have made yourself worthy to be a member of God’s Kingdom here on earth.
So, you see my friends I now get it. When we say the Lord’s Prayer the part where we say, “Thy Kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven” We are acknowledging God’s Kingdom here on Earth as it is in Heaven. When we go to Mass we are worshiping like the Angels and the Saints are doing in Heaven right now.
You get it? Don’t let nothing stop you, Go Get it! The Kingdom of God is within you. Think about that. You have Goodness within you. Yes, your Spirit is made in God’s image. That makes you a Temple.
So how is the house keeping of God’s Temple going?
Your Friend in Christ,
Joe M. Govea, a devout Catholic whose duty is to evangelize