Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Memorial Day Sunday
We are here for His anamnesis. What is that anamnesis (remembrance)? It is the body and blood of Christ. This is what our Lord has bequeathed to His Church. This is not something we invent or decide but what He Himself has given. Worship is not for us or about us but for the Lord to distribute His gifts through the means of grace and for the Spirit to enable us to receive them by faith. It is about Christ and what He has done to provide forgiveness, life and salvation for us.
In this way, every Sunday is memorial day -- the day on which the focus lies upon that which Christ has given us to be His anamnesis -- His body and blood. What St. Paul received and solemnly passed on is the source and summit of all that we are here for -- grace pure and free and grace that is efficacious and accomplishes His purpose. The function of the liturgy is to maintain this focus against our constant temptation to turn the attention from Him and His gifts to us and what we desire...