Dear Sisters and Brothers,
The holy Mass is the source and summit of our Christian lives. When the holy Mass really comes ‘alive’ for you, then your Christian life will come ‘alive’ too.
There was a young woman of twenty-one years of age. On her twenty-first birthday, a party was organised for her. She was delighted! “I’ve never had a birthday celebration of my own, before” she said. She was an orphan. She had grown up in an orphanage. She had certainly had birthday parties before, of some sort but somehow they had never been personal to her. They had always been institutional things. They passed her by! This birthday party was different. It was hers.
That is what the holy Mass can and must become for you, no longer the fulfilment of a Sunday obligation or an institutional event! When it does, you will want to celebrate holy Mass every day because each time you do, you will experience the loving tenderness of God. In every holy Mass you will receive hope, joy, strength, wisdom, peace, love and nourishment for your brief journey in this world.
Your brother, your friend, your priest