Thursday, February 4, 2010

That Part in the Middle

So, between thanksgiving and petition, there's that part in the middle where the celebrant physically and verbally reenacts the last supper, as it's portrayed in Mark, Matthew and Luke. (The Gospel of John has a lonnnnnggggg, lonnnnggg last supper, but it doesn't have this scene.) It's often given the most attention (which is probably part of the reason I've not talked about it yet). And because it's so familiar to us, we can easily overlook its details. We've watched it a million times before.

Which is why I want us to do a fun exercise. Go to Mass this Sunday and when the celebrant gets to the institution, imagine you are that space alien we talked about before. This is the first time you're ever seeing this ritual. What do you notice? What sticks out? Stick to the concrete senses -- what are you seeing, what are you hearing, maybe what are you smelling. Take note of any impressions that come to mind. I'm going to do the same thing. And we'll regroup and start to talk about the institution narrative on Monday.

A little fact-finding mission. Sit back and enjoy it. See you Monday.

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