November 15th

Following the proclamation of the Gospel, the priest gives a homily.  The homily is optional on weekdays, but it is required on Sundays.  The homily is meant to break open the Word of God and help people understand what it means for us today.

After the homily, there may be a brief period of silence for reflection.  During that time, it can be helpful to reflect upon the main message of the homily, or some point that particularly struck us.  We also may make some resolution, based on the message of the homily.

When making resolutions, it can be particularly helpful to make resolutions that are concrete, not general or abstract.  It is not enough to say that I will do better in the future, for such resolutions are easily forgotten.  The question to ask, when making a resolution, is how will I do better in the future.  If I resolve to do something specific, I am much more likely to follow through on it.

The next part of the Mass is the Creed.  We together stand up and profess our faith.  The Creed is a brief summary of all that we believe as Catholics.  When we recite the Creed together at Mass, it is also a prayer.  At our Baptism, the Creed was professed for us.  At Mass, every Sunday, we profess our own belief in all the articles of faith contained in the Creed.  In a sense the Creed is our prayerful re-commitment to the Truths of our Faith.

It can be easy to get through the Creed and not even realize what we have been saying.  It is important to try to say the Creed with attention, thinking about the mysteries contained therein.  The mysteries contained within the Creed are the mysteries of our salvation: they call our attention to the great things that God has done for us.  Praying the Creed together at Mass should inspire our hearts with gratitude.  Let us try to be attentive whenever we pray the Creed and thank God for the gifts that He has given to us: especially for the gift of revealing Himself to us through His Son.

God bless,

Father White

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