Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist
4/20/2022 Gospel Reflection
“Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?” Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread. (Lk 24:32&35)
This Gospel reflection will come from the heart of the Vicar of Christ, Pope Paul VI, in the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum concilium: “The Church, therefore, earnestly desires that Christ's faithful, when present at this mystery of faith, should not be there as strangers or silent spectators; on the contrary, through a good understanding of the rites and prayers they should take part in the sacred action conscious of what they are doing, with devotion and full collaboration. They should be instructed by God's word and be nourished at the table of the Lord's body; they should give thanks to God; by offering the Immaculate Victim, not only through the hands of the priest, but also with him, they should learn also to offer themselves; through Christ the Mediator, they should be drawn day by day into ever more perfect union with God and with each other, so that finally God may be all in all.”
 Pope Paul VI, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum concilium (4 December 1963), §48.