Yesterday, I posted the following on New Things’ fb page.
Having my morning cuppa coffee and meditating on a passage in this morning’s prayer at http://www.universalis.com/.
Come, let us worship and bow down,
bend the knee before the Lord who made us;
for he himself is our God and we are his flock,
the sheep that follow his hand.
One thing I have learned in this journey into the Catholic Church, is the practice of bowing/kneeling before the altar/tabernacle. We do this before we seat ourselves at Mass, as a sign of reverence and respect to the the Lord, who is present with us. Since He is always with us, it is a beautiful reminder of my place before Him. The Word of God says that every knee will bow, and every tongue confess that He is Lord. I’m just practicing up for the big event. 🙂
It does make me wonder though, why is it easy for us to confess that He is Lord, and so difficult to bow before Him?
After posting this, I prayed the Rosary while puttering around in my kitchen, doing dishes, scrubbing the floor, etc. I love to be able to follow along with a recorded production, it helps my brain stay on track.
This particular rosary has little meditations before each Hail Mary, and when it got to the part about the scourging of Jesus, there was a phrase spoken, that though I’ve heard many times before, hit me in a whole new way: “Then they genuflected before Him and pretended to pay Him homage”
Immediately, in my mind’s eye, I saw people walking into Mass. Kneeling to the Tabernacle where Jesus is, bowing to His altar before being seated. Making the sign of His cross over their bodies. I saw the hypocrisy and pretension of one who comes in, kneels, and participates in the Mass, all the while holding a viewpoint or belief contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church, continuing in the sin that He came to die for. While Jesus is present, offering His broken body for us, there are those who kneel and pretend. And He stands there, receiving the mocking and scourging of the world, in the same way He did 2000 years ago.
While there are those who struggle to bend their knee to Christ, there is another extreme that will “go through the motions” while having their heart far from Him. May it never be said of me, Lord. Have mercy. Make me genuine in my faith and love for you. Keep my heart clean and sensitive to obedience of what You call me to do. In Jesus’ Name.