We continue our series, A Walk Through the Mass, today focusing on the Scripture readings of the Liturgy of the Word.
What do you see when you look in the mirror? I’m talking beyond physical appearance. The truth is, too many of us see someone who is worthless, unlovable, shameful, inferior, untalented, unreliable, uninteresting, undeserving, or incapable of happiness. And it doesn’t help that we live in a culture that tells us that in order to be happy, we need money, power, possessions, pleasure, control, popularity, success, conquest, prestige, or fame, just to name a few. All of these things combine to form a narrative that shapes our entire life: the way we see ourselves, others, the world, and God. Twelve-step groups refer to these unhealthy narratives as “stinking thinking.” At Mass, during the Liturgy of the Word, the Scripture readings invite us do away with “stinking thinking” and to embrace a narrative that says we are beloved children of God and that, through Jesus Christ, we are rescued, restored, and reassured. In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we take a closer look at the Scripture readings of the Liturgy of the Word and the narrative of salvation.
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