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Except for the readings from the Acts of the Apostles during the Easter season, the first reading
is taken from the Old Testament. This reading is the faith witness of our ancestors in faith. It is their statement to us of how they saw God working in their lives. It is the story of salvation history, our story. The Old Testament is the foundation on which the New Testament is built. It is our common heritage that we share and celebrate together in the Liturgy of the Word. It must always be a reading from sacred Scripture and cannot be replaced by devotional readings from other sources.
Our library now owns Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si: Praise be to you my Lord, On Care For Our Common Home. Through it is easily accessible online on the Vatican website, the addition of Care For Our Common Home is important for us and for the next generation to have access to it in our library. We have many encyclicals and exhortations from popes Paul Vl, John XXlll, John Paul ll, Benedict XVl, and now Francis. Please return Laudato Si in a timely manner so others may check it out.
The Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist together make up one celebration. The Liturgy of the Word is the foundation on which the Liturgy of the Eucharist is based. In the Liturgy of the Word we hear God’s call to be the people of God and we hear how much God has done for us and continues to do for us. The Liturgy of the Eucharist is a response to that call and to the love that has been shown to us. Our response can only be to “do Eucharist,” that is, to give thanks and praise to the One who has given us everything. The General Instruction to the Roman Missal describes the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist as “two parts so closely connected that they form but one single act of worship.”
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Transition is often tumultuous. Over the past years, the Catholic community in Walla Walla has experienced a lot of change. Whether it is the new configuration of parishes under one pastor or the constant rotation of priests that seem to pass through the community, the amount of change is significant. Such change, though often uncomfortable, can be a great grace in our lives. It forces us out of our comfort zones and challenges us in new ways.
Spiritually speaking, this type of change invites us to hold on to the one thing that truly matters, Jesus Christ. Priests and pastors come and go, committees and programs come and go, music groups come and go, even friendships can come and go, but Jesus always remains. As we attend Mass at our various parishes this weekend, I invite us each to ask ourselves the question, “why am I really here?” Is it simply a habit? Am I here because it is comfortable? Is it because I like the people, or the architecture, or the music? Those aren’t bad things, but they are not enough. If our practice of the faith relies on them, then we are in real risk of losing our faith when our lives become tumultuous. However, if we are at Mass because we encounter Jesus Christ in his Word and in the Eucharist, then our faith is built upon a the firmest of foundations – Jesus Christ, the eternal God, who is Lord yesterday, today and forever!