It is too easy to fall into the trap of thinking that nothing else matters in the liturgy besides “Jesus is present.” This is a superficial and relativistic way of thinking that has to be challenged and corrected, if the Real Presence is to be of any benefit to us—indeed, if our faith in the Real Presence is even going to survive.
Reform of the Reform
Consider these lines from GIA’s newest hymnal (Worship IV): “Who is this who eats with sinners, calling luckless losers winners?” Did they really just use the phrase “luckless losers” in a Catholic hymn book?
“Disgusted and hurt, I went back to selling hotdogs and making music in a liberal Catholic church on Sunday evenings.”
The priest intoned the Gloria … a truly magnificent effect!