Wednesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

In the reading from Revelation today, we see four seraphim chanting to Jesus “holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God almighty.” In Isaiah 6, he likewise has a vision of the seraphim in heaven constantly chanting this praise. These are, of course, words that we say at every Mass, right before the Eucharistic prayer begins. The words of the angels at the end of time become our own words each time we prepare to see Jesus come among us in the Blessed Sacrament.

Heaven and Earth have a full-on collision at each Mass we attend. When we we are tired, when we are dealing with squirmy children, even when we are taking the Mass for granted because of how many we’ve been to, we still take upon us the words of the highest choir of angels, and Jesus still comes to greet us. Even (or perhaps especially) on those days when we aren’t feeling “in the mood” to fully appreciate what is happening, we can reflect on the fact that Jesus will still come to us. The Mass does not depend on how chipper we are. However we are doing, however we are feeling, if we go to Mass, we will still meet Jesus, and we will still witness a brief union of Heaven and Earth.

November 19th, 2014