We believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator. St. Paul tells us in I Corinthians 11:27-28 “A man should assay himself before he goes to Mass or religious services.” The Hebrew word is “Kavannah” meaning having a sense of intention. We join eternity, reliving the event, again, for the first time. We stand on that volcano with Moses, feeling its heat, the static electricity as it burrows into our bones. We hear the voice of horns as they blow from the mouth of the volcano, seeing the lightning emitting from the clouds.
We see our liturgy in Matthew 17: 1-5 “Jesus took Peter, James, and John, leading them up a high mountain by themselves, transfiguring before them; his face shining like the sun, his clothes white as light. Moses and Elijah appear to them, conversing with him.”
Participating in the Mass, the first reading is our confrontation with God with Moses, at the mountain. The second reading is our confrontation with God through Elijah and the prophets. The Eucharist is our confrontation with God through his Passion and death through the anamnesis, The Passion as we relive it in present time. This does not come by being to Mass “On Time.”
One must be early and meditate on the Stations of the Cross or the Blessed Host, or the other sacramentals in the room. Then we can see the power of Almighty God in present time. People will say of us, “Blessed is he who has not seen and believed,” not knowing…
In the Nicene Creed we say we believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator. Greek and Latin have something in common that we do not much think about. The artist creates works of art. Greek and Latin words for creator both imply and artist. The artist loves his work, his art. St. Augustine discussed farms and farming in his Book, On the Trinity. He reminds us that we do not talk about farmers creating, bees, or even seeds. The Creator is greater.
The farmer works hard to prepare the soil, and the rancher works hard to get his hay to his cattle. They do not cause the seed to grow or the honey to thrive, or the cattle to increase in weight. That working from within comes from God alone.
St. Augustine writes in his work, On the Trinity “We do nothing, through the members of the body in our words and actions, by which the behavior of men is either approved or blamed, which we do not anticipate by a word uttered within ourselves. No one willingly does anything, which he has not first said in his heart.” This is God. He is far more than some punch press operator, farmer, or rancher who goes out and does pretty much the same thing every day. Everything that comes from God springs from his heart. All creation, including ourselves and everyone around us as a work of art for us to look at, hear, smell, taste, and touch.
Jesus says in the Gospel of St Mark, “Nothing that comes from the outside makes a person common, but the things inside are what make common.” We need to see ourselves and those around us as special, because we are, made in the image and likeness of the Father, the Creator, who did not create anything on a punch press, but who created everything as a work of art.