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The Holy Mass as it Relates to the Interior Life ~Part II

Fr. Samuel Waters | The Daily Knight | Sermon

Today I will continue this sermon series commenting on the Lord Have Mercy (Kyrie Eleison) and The Gloria (Gloria in Excelsis Deo). The Lord Have Mercy will continue to focus on the sinfulness of the Priest and Congregation and the Gloria will focus on the Holiness of God.

Lord Have Mercy on Us

Lord Have Mercy on us was the cry of the 10 leapers. We are covered in the sores, rotting with leprosy. Let us show our sores to the Lord as we beg Him as He passes, “Lord Have Mercy on us.”

Let us show to the Father of Heaven the five wounds of His Son. What a treasure they are. They were inflicted for love of us.

Every time you recall that we contributed to the Passion and Death (Jesus saw all of our sins when He was in the Garden of Gethsemane). Remember that His wounds are worth more than all the treasures in this world. Bring forth your thanksgiving.

Christ decreed that all human creatures be called to participate in His Divine Life. He pours out His Life in us. He raises us to be His sons. Adam’s sin dragged down all of his posterity. God restored man by giving His only son to us. He became flesh. He then became a Host, so great, it unites Heaven and Earth; so small that it can be held between a man’s fingers.

We leave Him alone in His Sacrifice & at times express no desire to be a host like Him, “Lord Have Mercy on Us.”

The two Disciples on the Road to Emmaus, did not recognize the Lord who walked with Him. How often do we fail to recognize, even deny Him in the many difficulties which come to us, “Lord Have Mercy on Us.”

The Lord has united Himself to our Souls. He has called us to Himself and attached us to His Heart.

However, we go our own way, seeking other unions attaching our heart to passing things, “Christ Have Mercy on Us.”

No wonder the priest should feel confused on entering The Holy of Holies. He has been raised to the highest dignity on this earth and he lives close to the shadows of death. Seeing shadows all about him, he cannot but repeat very often this cry of the Lepers, “Christ Have Mercy on Us.”

You who accompany the priest, reading your Missal devoutly are surrounded by shadows, do you not have the desire to cry out, “Christ have Mercy on Us?”

We are all members of the Church whose Head is Jesus. All are brothers in Christ, to hurt a brother is to hurt Christ. How many offences against Charity could I avoid? The least we must do for our brothers is to pray for them without exception. If only we had faith in the value of prayer. If we but had a Living Faith and a blindness to the vanities of this world. We of little faith, let us ask for an increase of faith, “Lord have Mercy on Us.”

We who are quick to ask God for favors, let us be quick to thank Him when He grants them. Only one leper returned to thank Christ. Our life need be one continuous act of thanksgiving, souls in the state of grace (souls without mortal sins on them), light always burning in our souls where the Trinity dwells. We must make ourselves aware of our weakness also. We need to be aware of the gifts we have received but also fear the possibility of losing them also. This should move us to cry out, “Lord Have Mercy on Us.”

Confessing our faults glorifies God, exhausts His omnipotence and His Holiness. To acknowledge our own lowliness is to ascend on high. Casting our eyes to the ground brings God down from Heaven Let us say with the priest, “Lord Have Mercy on us.”

Glory to God in the Highest

The first words of this hymn are those of the angel who saluted the shepherds on Christmas Night, “Glory to God in the Highest,” (Gloria in Excelsis Deo).

Everything in the stable spoke to the shepherds of Heaven. The manger, the cold, the child, all spoke of Heaven. The more the shepherds thought of the child, the more He reminded them of the lambs of their flock.

The shepherds, full of enthusiasm, were enlightened by the Light of the World. We are called to be like them, a living testimony of God’s Glory.

What good is our piety if we do not amend our life, if we do not fulfill our responsibilities. There are many who sing the praises of God, but who are clothed in vanity, covered in impurity, have bitterness towards their neighbors.

This hymn is a continuation of the Kyrie Elleison. Our soul acknowledges the weakness and the nothingness of itself and it excites itself to admiration and joy at the mystery of God.

The soul delights in glorifying God in His perfections which are shown to us by His handiwork and the work of our Redemption. In glorifying God, we find happiness and peace God is the spouse of our soul, our Father, our brother, our everything.