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Pope's Mass: Don't be distracted during Mass, not even if it's the Pope who is celebrating it

In his Monday morning Mass, Pope Francis explained that when Mass is celebrated, Catholics take part in the mystery of God. He asked that we don't give in to distractions, not even if it's the Pope himself who is leading the celebration. 

POPE FRANCIS

"We may hear someone say, 'Ah, I have to go to Mass at Santa Marta, because on the sight-seeing tour of Rome, each morning there is a chance to visit the Pope at Santa Marta: itâ??s a tourist stop, right? No!We are all here to take part in God's mystery.â? 

The Pope then added that listening to the Gospel, means being in God's time and in His space, explaining that when it's God's time, one shouldn't count the minutes. 

SUMMARY OF POPE'S HOMILY

(Source: Vatican Radio) 

"When we celebrate the Mass, we donâ??t accomplish a representation of the Last Supper: no, it is not a representation. It is something else: it is the Last Supper itself. It is to really live once more the Passion and the redeeming Death of the Lord. It is a theophany: the Lord is made present on the altar to be offered to the Father for the salvation of the world. We hear or we say, â??But, I canâ??t now, I have to go to Mass, I have to go to hear Mass.â?? The Mass is not â??heardâ??, it is participated in, and it is a participation in this theophany, in this mystery of the presence of the Lord among us.â?

"The liturgy is to really enter into the mystery of God, to allow ourselves to be brought to the mystery and to be in the mystery. For example, I am sure that all of you have come here to enter into the mystery; however, someone might say: â??Ah, I have to go to Mass at Santa Marta, because on the sight-seeing tour of Rome, each morning there is a chance to visit the Pope at Santa Marta: itâ??s a tourist stop, right?â?? All of you here, we are gathered her to enter into the mystery: this is the liturgy. It is Godâ??s time, it is Godâ??s space, it is the cloud of God that surrounds all of us.â?

"We would do well today to ask the Lord to give to each of us this â??sense of the sacred,â?? this sense that makes us understand that it is one thing to pray at home, to pray in Church, to pray the Rosary, to pray so many beautiful prayers, to make the Way of the Cross, so many beautiful things, to read the Bible... The Eucharistic celebration is something else. In the celebration we enter into the mystery of God, into that street that we cannot control: only He is the unique One, the glory, the power... He is everything. Let us ask for this grace: that the Lord would teach us to enter into the mystery of God.â?

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