Two of my favorite things about Western Montana are mountains and swift flowing streams. We know that mountains are not easy to climb and that the higher we get the better the view. I have my favorite spots where I have sat for hours contemplating life, enjoying the beauty and wonderment of God’s creation. Always leaving with a sense of Awe. Our mountain streams are the headwaters, the source of two great river systems, the Columbia and the Missouri. As a source of clean and pure water these streams are used for drinking water by many of our towns and cities. Yet the cowboy in me knows that when moving cattle, always drink upstream from the herd.
So what do mountains and streams have to do with the Mass? The Church teaches that “the Eucharistic Sacrifice (the Mass) is the Source and Summit of Christian life.”(LG #11) Do we see Mass as the starting point and clearest view of God’s plan for us? Matthew Kelly’s video describes complaints about what is wrong with the Mass, and he hit the nail on the head saying that We are the problem. We muddy the waters with our complaints, our divisions, our complacency, our misunderstandings. We try to drink from the muddy water instead of the pure, clean water of life that is every Mass. We are content with a view of life from the bottom of the mountain instead of climbing to a vantage point for a clear and awe inspiring view of God’s plan. Don’t get me wrong, I have muddied my share of water and have been content at times with cloudy vistas.The Mass is meant to be interactive. It helps me to take one small action of the Mass, the offertory procession for example. Learn what the Church teaches about it. Find my part and responsibility in it. Ask myself “How many pints of my blood am I putting on the Alter today?” I find that when I give more I receive more. Thanks be to God!
Deacon Chris Burgmeier
St. Michael, Drummond
St. Philip, Philipsburg