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Sunday 18th June 2017
Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Year A
Deuteronomy 8: 2-3, 14-16    1 Corinthians 10: 16-17    John 6: 51-58


Let all mortal flesh keep silence…

Can you cope with silence? All our waking moments are filled these days with noise, and even in lifts, restaurants and supermarkets our ears are assaulted by what others decide we should be hearing. It means that when it goes quiet we think something has gone wrong! The same can happen in church.

At Mass there can be a silence which is just the absence of noise, as when the reader cannot find the right place in the book, or the priest has to wait at the altar while one of the servers goes into the sacristy to fetch something that has been forgotten. This type of silence is just bad preparation.

But in our liturgy there is a type of silence that beckons us to deeper prayer or reflection, and we must learn how to use it if we are to get the most out of our communal prayer. Examples of this pregnant silence are when we are invited to recognise our sinfulness and the mercy of God, when the priest pauses after saying “Let us pray…”, when the word of God has been proclaimed and after Communion. There are other occasions too, but these are important points within our celebrations when we can either remain blank, or we can use the opportunity to reflect, pray and ask God to speak to our hearts.

We could have wall-to-wall prayer and music in our liturgy, but these moments of silence can become not so much the absence of noise but the presence of prayer. Only we can make them so!




Scripture Reflections (below) © Peter J Harrison 2017