I already wrote about the terrible bombings on Palm Sunday in Egypt. Truthfully, I thought about writing even more in a separate post, but haven’t been able to just yet. The thing I mentioned previously, and that which still continues to affect my prayer is that on Sunday morning, I got up to celebrate Mass as I do every Sunday morning, I couldn’t help but want to enter into the mind of those priests in Egypt. What were they thinking that morning? How did the approach the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy that morning? How can I better celebrate every Mass like it’s my first Mass and my last Mass? Anyway, I could go on for a while wrestling with my thoughts on the various difficulties in my head and my heart.
For now, I’d like to share this video I came across last night from a Coptic bishop reflecting on the tragedy.
The line that hits me the most is, “Starting the Liturgy on Earth to be ended in Heaven.” Such a powerful statement to meditate upon. To me it is a great and living example of exactly what I was trying to explain and teach in my class on the Mass and the Eucharist Monday night. This really helps to put my feeble attempt at teaching into perspective. This bishop, and the Martyrs who died on Sunday demonstrate the words of Paul VI who wrote,
“Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” (Evangelii Nuntiandi, 41).