Pausing to consider meanings which come first to us is important because scriptural language, which is ancient, Mediterranean language, exceeds the connotations usual to us. Sometimes scriptural connotations clash with our expected meanings. Scriptural connotations always burst human meanings. Scriptural language and images are the vocabulary of worship. Two examples: Jesus took bread, gave thanks, said the blessing, broke the bread and gave it;1 and a priest’s greeting at mass quotes St. Paul: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!2
- Calm yourself in the inviting love of the Trinity.
- Ask your patron saint to present you to Jesus. Jesus seeks you through word and sacrament; accept his invitation to welcome you and restore you.
- Speak to Jesus about how you reject him and how you accept him.
- Resolve to act in ways in harmony with his gospel.
- Close by saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer, our guide for Christian action for both new and veteran Catholics.
- St. Paul and the Evangelists group these actions of Jesus together.
- 1 Corinthians 1.3.
- See Mark 7.21-23 and Matthew 15.18-20.
- Dan Schutte, “Table of Plenty,” #312, verse 1, ©1992, Daniel L. Schutte, OCP Publications, Breaking Bread, 2007.