Family, it always bothers me at Mass when it’s time to pray the Creed that everybody seems to be asleep, or at least mesmerized. We’ve just finished the Gospel and then the priest’s homily. Now that could have been good or bad, but at any rate, our minds seem to wander during the homily, so that at the beginning of the Creed, we’re in la la land.
Penny and I used to give Days of Recollection at Rummel high school in Metairie, Louisiana, with Fr. Harold Cohen. The people were on fire. We were on fire. But it seemed that when we came back from lunch, we gave our first talk to a dead audience. It must have been the po’ boy or muffeletta sandwiches they ate for lunch. So we decided to do a talk about the Nicene Creed, in which we would all pray the Nicene Creed, actually shout it from the rooftops. Usually Penny began with
“Do you believe in the Nicene Creed?”
All answered a little luke warm “Yes”
Penny “DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE!”
All shouted “YES!!”
Penny: “Then let’s pray it like we mean it!!”
“WE BELIEVE in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of Heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.
“WE BELIEVE in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, light from light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father. For us and our salvation, He came down from Heaven, by the power of the Holy Spirit He was born of the Virgin Mary and became Man.
“For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered, died and was buried. On the third day He rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures; He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right Hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His Kingdom will have no end.
“WE BELIEVE in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, with the Father and the Son He is worshipped and glorified. Who has spoken through the prophets.
“WE BELIEVE in ONE, HOLY, CATHOLIC and APOSTOLIC CHURCH. We acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen
Penny: “WE BELIEVE!!”
The Congregation “YAY GOD YAY!!
What do you think family? Would that wake us up? Would that get us on fire?
DO WE BELIEVE? Then let’s tell the world about it.
Blessed Christmas! We love you!