Attending Holy Mass and receiving Holy Communion devoutly and in the state of graces is one of the greatest deeds that can be done here on earth because, by doing so, we are immersed in the great mystery of redemption. Would that our physical eyes could see what transpires at the Mass! Often God would show that to certain gifted souls and their duty becomes to convey it to us for the encouragement of the Mystical body of Christ, the Church. We are the Church!
Today throughout this Mass, it pleased God to show Nancy the Priest celebrating Mass all engulfed in a beautiful heavenly light. Nancy has often described this light as beyond anything and cannot be compared to anything here below. This light indeed is the light of Christ. If the Priest is engulfed in light, then so are the faithful and the whole assembly. Nancy has also seen a heavenly light coming forth from the Word of God being read and the lector whose reading also bathed in that light. Every time the Mass is celebrated it gives off the light of God to enlighten us on our journey, to impart wisdom and strengthen. We form one big ball of light when we come together at Mass. We are then to carry the light of our baptism, the light of Christ into this dark world and draw out those who walk in darkness.
In his letter to the Ephesians St. Paul wrote 5:5-14 – For of this much you can be certain: that neither the immoral nor the dirty-minded nor the covetous man (which latter is, in effect, worshipping a false god) has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Don’t let anyone fool you on this point, however plausible his argument. It is these very things which bring down the wrath of God upon the disobedient. Have nothing to do with men like that – once you were “darkness” but now you are “light”. Live then as children of the light. The light produces in men quite the opposite of sins like these – everything that is wholesome and good and true. Let your lives be living proofs of the things which please God. Steer clear of the activities of darkness; let your lives show by contrast how dreary and futile these things are. (You know the sort of things I mean – to detail their secret doings is really too shameful). For light is capable of “showing up” everything for what it really is. It is even possible (after all, it happened to you!) for light to turn the thing it shines upon into light also. Thus God speaks through the scriptures: “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”
St. Padre Pio did say,
“It is easier for the earth to be without the sun than without the mass”