January 15, 2023 – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
I am not preaching today, but the following is a homily I delivered on these same readings BACK IN 2020:
Prior to beginning formation as a deacon, I knew very little about the origin of the prayers we use in the celebration of the Mass. I am embarrassed to admit it, but it was not until then that I discovered how many of the prayers are taken directly from scripture.
The more I studied scripture, the more examples I discovered. I love the Mass and I love scripture, so when the two mesh, I get excited. Scripture is the divinely inspired Word of God. God is speaking to us throughout the entire Mass, and we are offered multiple epiphanies as Christ is revealed to us. I find that fascinating and interesting – so now you have to hear about it, as you walk through the richness and beauty of the Mass with me.
Earlier in the Mass, we sang the Gloria, beginning with the words, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will.” These are the same words the angel used when announcing the birth of the Messiah to the shepherds in the Gospel of Luke.
Later, after the offertory gifts are brought forward, the Liturgy of the Eucharistic will begin, at which time we will pray the Sanctus – the Holy, Holy prayer. The origin of that prayer can be found in these words from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts. All the earth is full of his glory.”
During the Eucharistic Prayer, Father will recite the words of consecration: “Take this, all of you, and eat of it, for this is my Body…
Take this, all of you, and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my Blood…”
These words, of course, echo the words of Jesus in the narratives of the Last Supper found in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
Those are but a few examples.Continue reading