Thursday, June 28, 2007

Why this, why now and why should we care?

Those are all questions various people have asked about the ever-just-about-to-be-released motu proprio in this long wait. Dr. Robert Moynihan, editor of Inside the Vatican, offers a "reflection on the meaning of the Mass, and a comment on the debate over the restoration of the old liturgy". His points are very well taken. It isn't just about Latin, nor about smells-n-bells, nor about chant or any other single human thing. It's all about God, Christ come to us in the Eucharistic sacrifice and our ability to acknowledge, receive and proclaim that truth. Sometimes we can get caught up in the minutiae of each little difference but forget to proclaim the real core of the discussion - God, Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of Man come down to save and call his flock to him and bring them home by his offering of Himself. If that doesn't stay at the center and summit of the discussion, all else is lost.

H/T to Carl Olson at Ignatius Insight.