Welcome to the sixth week in the book of Exodus! I hope this week finds you well and sparkly. Our theme this week is that God designs worship. I mentioned it last week, but we are going to see plenty more this week. I think this is really important to understand, worship isn’t about us, our enjoyment, our pleasure, or anything. Worship is about giving to God what belongs to him. That’s what my APPLY is about this week, God designing worship and how it isn’t our responsibility to reinvent the wheel.
Monday, May 7 Chapter 26
Tuesday, May 8 Chapter 27
Wednesday, May 9 Chapter 28
Thursday, May 10 Chapter 29
Friday, May 11 Chapter 30
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I feel a little passionate about this week’s theme because of an interaction I had with a friend a couple years ago. I’m Catholic, they’re Protestant. He’s a strong, bible believing Protestant, which means we had a fantastic well thought dialogue. I don’t remember exactly how this particular interaction started but he gave me a litany that has stuck with me. He said, “My relationship with God is mine. I decide when to read scripture, I decide how I pray, and I decide how to worship.” My reaction was, “God decides worship.” I said it a little nonchalant, and it stopped him in his tracks. I don’t think that was the end of his list, but that was something we needed to discuss.
Yes, each of us is in our own unique relationship with God. That doesn’t diminish the significance of our communal relationship with God, but we are individuals and make the individual decision to devote our lives to Christ. Yes, each of us decides when they want to spend time in the Word. For me, I like to read in the mornings because it sets a tone and grounds me for the rest of my day. Yes, you can decide how to pray. I like contemplative prayer. But meditative prayer is great, the Rosary, the Our Father, anything really. Prayer is just a conversation with God, so however you communicate with him is great. But no, you don’t get to decide worship. I don’t get to decide worship, my friend doesn’t get to decide worship. Why is that?
Because worship has bupkis to do with us and everything to do with God. Our fallen human nature gives us the instinct to say “me, me, me,” but the reality is that worship is all “God, God, God,” in an even more acute way than in other aspects of our lives. God tells us what to do, how he wants to be worshipped and honored, it is our responsibility to obey those instructions. When I was going through RCIA, this is how it was explained to us:
You know how when your dad’s birthday comes along and he tells you he wants a clean house, quiet children, and a home cooked meal as a gift; but you show up with a new belt and some paper mache. He’s thankful, but the house is still a mess, the kids are still screaming, and your still ordering pizza for dinner. That’s what it’s like when we try to decide how we want to worship God, rather than allowing him to instruct us on how he wants to be worshipped.
One of the things you’ll see in this week’s readings is a lot of animal sacrifices, A LOT. That is something we will continue to see throughout the Old Testament. Christ came to be the final sacrifice. Because of Jesus on the cross, we no longer need to slaughter a yearling lamb morning and night. However, we are called to celebrate that sacrifice of Jesus when we are in the tent of meeting our the church. That’s why, at every Mass we celebrate the Eucharist. The Mass is all about the Eucharist which makes present the sacrifice of our Lord. You will see in the book of Acts, the disciples would get together and break bread on every Sunday, the way we come together every Sunday to break the bread of the everlasting covenant.
God designed worship to be the Mass.
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