Week Of November 11th

Week Of November 11th

The liturgical assembly is thus a theological corporation and each of its members a theologian whose discourse in faith is carried on not by concepts and prepositions nearly so much as in the vastly complex vocabulary of experiences had, prayers said, sights seen, smells smelled, words said and heard and responded to, emotions controlled and released, sins committed and repented, children born and loved ones buried, and in many ways no one can count or always account for.  Their critical and reflective discourse is not merely about faith.  It is the very way faith works itself out in the intricacies of human life both individually and in common.  Its vocabulary is not precise, concise, or scientific.  It is symbolic, aesthetic, ascetical, and sapiential.  It is not just something she and her pastor think or say, but something they taste, the air they breathe.  It is a sinuous discourse by which they and those innumerable millions like them, dead and born and yet unborn, work out the primary body of perceived data concerning what it really means when God pours…..into the world as a member of our race.  Nowhere else can that primary body of perceived data be read so well as in the living tradition of Christian worship.

-Aidan Kavanagh

 

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