And Jesus? We even have to say “Jesus Christ”? For he payed a certain price in order to deserve this title which was prepared for centuries, as Jewish Tradition says. It is he who speaks. It is he who spoke in the Psalms, the prayer of the covenant between God and Israel, the place of all the prayers of the world, because you find there the human person simply before God. And God rejoices, and God exults. In silence. It is God’s happiness with God’s children. It is this happiness that gives to the liturgy its character, which is at one and the same time solemn and which belongs to a family; it is simply alive.
And Mary, “mother of the living”, watches with us: “How did He give me so many children?” Through an entire history of creation and of re-creation that is celebrated in the Church’s liturgy: the daily Office of the Psalms, in the rhythm of creation, “at the gates of the morning and the evening”: Lauds and Vespers welcome the heritage of human sufferings and joys: a combat and a hope. The celebration of the Eucharist of the Lord Jesus Christ in the middle of the day welcomes the Bread and the Wine that sum up forever these combats, “bread” and “combat” (in Hebrew one single word), and the hope for a reconciled humanity in the Father’s House.
For the liturgy has a meaning: it remembers a history and gives you your place there! With many others, in a communion that is established in an event which gives light to the whole “liturgical year”: the Resurrection of the Lord.
From one Sunday to the next, the proclamation is short and carries the News, the Gospel, which unfolds around the Passover of Jesus Christ, which the Church follows from his baptism in the Jordan and his ministry in Galilee to his going up to Jerusalem – which is Lent in the strict sense – and whose Passover the Church celebrates in the hope of Pentecost, when it receives the Holy Spirit, the “gift of the Father”.
Prepared by the period of Advent for this awaiting of the Promise, the Church recognizes in the Child of Bethlehem the coming on the feast of Christmas of its “Savior”: the Savior of Israel and of all the Nations. Ornate with the many “mysteries” of the life of Christ and with those that the saints radiate, the Church thus proceeds through time and thereby accompanies and guides all its sons and daughters, “those who are near and those who are far off”, towards the heavenly Jerusalem, the one “in which each one is born” and to whom “each person says ‘Mother'”.