It is customary and considered polite, when asked to come to someone’s home for dinner, to ask, “What can I bring?” Even if our host tells us we don’t have to bring anything, we still usually bring a bottle of wine, a cheese tray, a dessert, flowers, or some other small token of our appreciation for the other person’s generosity. We do this as a way of showing our investment in the occasion. It’s a way of saying that we’re “all in.” It is a way of saying that we are giving our very selves to this encounter and that we seek to deepen the relationship that this meal celebrates and symbolizes. When we celebrate the Mass, we need to ask ourselves, “What can I bring?” The gifts of bread and wine that are brought forward to the altar are symbolic of all that we bring and offer, namely, our very selves. In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we explore the Presentation of the Gifts and Preparation of the Altar.
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