Ministry Tip of the Week
God has taken center stage.
He comes to us in spirit and in truth (John 4:24), and nowhere does this happen more fully than in the context of liturgy. The Sacramental life of grace flows out of the objective, albeit invisible, reality behind the Paschal mystery we celebrate at every mass (the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ). "What was visible in the life of our savior has passed over into his mysteries" (St. Leo the Great, CCC 1115).
Resurrected Christ through liturgy!
Catechesis deepens our grasp of this truth.
Moreover, the liturgy itself catechizes.
The Mass is designed to teach as it reveals. The mysteries of Faith animate our rituals, and in every liturgical act the Truth is proclaimed. The more we understand and reflect upon what takes place here, the more we come to know the Faith God has revealed to us in Christ.
Catechesis outside the liturgy should draw upon the actual prayers and actions of the Mass whenever possible. They're familiar to everyone, and drawing upon them makes the Church's teachings more relatable.
In addition, if we use, for example, Eucharistic Prayer 1 when we teach on the doctrine of the Eucharist, or the Prayer of Absolution when we teach on Confession (an extension of the liturgy), we bring to life the subjective experience of those rituals the next time we partake in them.
In other words, we seek to grasp the content of our worship.
Catechesis and liturgy are not simply complementary aspects of the Faith. They're two sides of the same coin. We ultimately catechize about the mysteries of the liturgy, and the liturgy then becomes, ever more, a lived experience of those same teachings.