Mass for Families

David “Reggie” R Vasquez, Visions Chairman

As we progress in our formation as Knights of Columbus, we hear often that family comes first. And, we learn that all Knights at the Council, District, Diocesan, State, National, and International levels are also family.

We learn that Charity starts at home and that we are to constantly form ourselves in matters of Faith. This month’s theme is Mass for Families, the very foundation for forming our Faith.

On March 2nd the  Gospel reading was about the parable of the landowner who planted a vineyard and as vintage time drew near he sent servants to obtain his produce. They were beaten, killed, and stoned, and still he sent others who were treated the same. He even sends his son who is also put to death. And Jesus asks, what will the owner do to the tenants? Their answer was he would put them to death and give his vineyard over to others who would give him the produce at the proper times. Jesus refers to the stone that was rejected that becomes the cornerstone. He is the cornerstone. His building is the Catholic Church of today, and its structure is memorialized in the holy sacrifice of the Mass. We are the new tenants of the vineyard and we are obliged to produce and give back to the landowner.

The Mass is often our first exposure and introduction to the Catholic faith. We often experience emotive responses to the Mass ranging from misunderstanding, confusion, indifference, boredom, and distraction to profound faith-filled connection to the Eucharistic celebration. Like the first tenants of the vineyard, we run the risk of becoming complacent to matters of faith. It is easy to take for granted the gift being presented to us in the celebration of the Eucharist. The Mass is structured to bring us into full participation of our Faith. We can learn much of what Catholicism is just by attending, listening, participating, and contemplating on what we experience and sense at every Mass. This becomes the invitation not only for us, but also for our families. When was the last time we invited a family member to join us? When was the last time we encouraged one of our Brother Knights to join us? When was the last time we discussed the readings, the homily, the beauty of the Mass celebration?

In this season of Lent, we as Knights have a solemn obligation to invite others to join us in turning to the true light of faith in Jesus Christ. Our membership in the Knights should, always and everywhere fortify a return to virtue, a strengthening of family, and a strong commitment to building the domestic Church. The building needs the cornerstone, and that cornerstone is found in Jesus who gives us His life, death, and resurrection in the real presence of His Eucharist in the celebration of the Mass. We close this month of Lent commemorating the Last Supper on Holy Thursday; make this a family event. We have inherently in the Knights a truly large and beautiful family. Let’s join together and celebrate a return to faith and family in the celebration of the Mass. Let’s look for others who join us at Mass often and invite them into our fraternal family.

Vivat Jesus! Viva Cristo Rey!

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