Sunday Readings are soooo rich in imagery and in a particular way really gave a perfect opportunity to preach about what Catholic's believe about the Mass and how super saturated the Mass is with Scripture verses!! If you want to listen to the homily that I gave on this, then click on the title of the homily which is "Heavenly Collision" and enjoy!
In this homily I rattle through a number of Scripture verses which we say as Catholics during the Mass but we really didn't realize that we were actually quoting Scripture. So if you didn't get a chance to write them down, I figured I would just put them here for your convince... So here ya go... these are the verses I used:
"The Lord be with you" (2 Thessalonians:16)
"And with your spirit" (2 Timothy 4:22)
"Lift up your hearts" (Lamentations 3:41)
"We lift them up to the Lord" (Psalm 25:1)
"Let us give thanks to the Lord our God" (Psalm 106:1)
"It is right and just" (Proverb 21:3)
"Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of Host
Heaven and earth are full of your glory" (Isaiah 6:3)
"Hosanna in the highest
Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord
Hosanna in the highest." (Matthew 21:9; Psalm 118:26)
"Lord I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof,
but only say the word and my soul shall be healed." (Matthew 8:8)
"A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup.
For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment (damnation) on himself." (1 Corinthians 11:28-29)
Once we receive Holy Communion it is extremely important that we don't leave before the Mass is over. Why? Because you have to be SENT by the power of the final blessing just as Isaiah was once the angel touched his mouth with the burning coals from the incense. Once his mouth was touch, he was then equipped with the power of God, who said to him, "Whom shall I SEND?" Isaiah replied, "Here I am. SEND ME!" (Isaiah 6:8). Once we receive the Body of Christ on our lips, then we wait for the blessing from the priest so that we too can go out into the world as prophets and bring the life and joy of the gospels to everyone we meet!!