Take a moment and decide for yourselves when the beginning of the Mass was.
If you said Thursday before Christ died on the Cross... you're right! However, we have to start before that. See, the events of Holy Week were the conclusion of something that started long before Christ came to earth. You know how Star Wars started in the middle? That's where you are, friends. Right in the middle. Crucial things are happening, but if you don't know what led up to them, some of it will not make sense.
One of my favorite books about the Mass (besides the Lamb's Supper, which every Catholic should read) is Worthy is the Lamb:The Biblical Roots of the Mass by Thomas Nash. That will be where a lot of my info comes from. I thought we would be diving into the New Testament, but I was wrong. He tells us on page 23: "The story of the Mass begins in the Garden of Eden." That's right, to understand the Mass, we have to start at Genesis.
ANYONE THAT DOESN'T LIKE TO READ THEIR BIBLE NEEDS TO GET OVER IT. Right now. If you're Catholic and think you don't need to read your Bible because you get it in Mass: that's not enough. Not if you truly want to understand the treasure that you're partaking in. If you don't feel comfortable reading the Bible, you need to get comfortable with reading it. Here's how:
1) Open it.
2) Start reading.
It can be intimidating, but just remind yourself that you have to start somewhere. Keep plugging away. It does get easier and it will become more and more meaningful as time goes on. I promise it's worth it.
Okay. I feel better now.
Ready? Let's start with Genesis chapters 2 and 3. I'll give you a couple of days, then you can join me for a little discussion.