Wednesday, December 06, 2006
More on Catechesis and Liturgy
Yesterday I wrote that the focus of the Mass is not catechesis. This may be obvious, yet in a sense catechesis does happen in the liturgy and in the Mass, maybe not always consciously. In other words, the liturgy and Mass catechize in the sense that they pass on the things of God to His people who are gathered in His Church for prayer. The catechesis that takes place in the liturgy and Mass is not how we are to learn to follow that same liturgy or Mass. This "how to " learning takes place in the regular practice of the Holy Mass; the "hands on" of praying the faith regularly with the Church. The real catechesis we receive in the liturgy and Mass is Christ Himself. The intangible things we are learning on the way to Christ in the liturgy and in the Mass is the faith. So while the focus of the liturgy and Mass is not catechesis (ie, knowledge or even faith), we receive that and so much more in receiving Christ Himself.