24 May 2008

Kneeling before the Lord...

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.
For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.

- from Psalm 95

It was a beautiful thing to see the pictures of the Holy Father's Mass on Corpus Christi, with the Faithful kneeling to receive Holy Communion, and the Blessed Sacrament administered on their tongues. It was a real reminder of our humility before the Lord. And the response of so many was overwhelmingly positive. In fact, there seemed to be a sense of yearning: "Why can't we have this all the time?" Now of course, not everyone felt that way. But in comment after comment on the blogs and in response to the news articles, that was what was expressed.

It was a reminder of how blessed we are, those of us worshipping in parishes where receiving our Lord in this way is a normal practice. There is great spiritual comfort in kneeling down in humility, and it says that this isn't ordinary food we're receiving.

It seems to me that the experience of receiving Holy Communion should be vastly different from shuffling up to the counter of a fast-food restaurant to get your order thrust at you. Kneeling and allowing oneself to be fed as a child is, I think, a good reminder and an important symbol.