Fifteenth Sunday Per Annum (B)
This Sunday’s reflection begins a series of meditations on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, with specific references to the Ancient Rite of the Mass in an effort to introduce those who are not familiar with this Rite to its spiritual and mystical depth. Of late there has been a lot of discussion about Summorum Pontificum, the Motu Proprio of Pope Benedict XVI which recognised that this Rite was never abrogated by the Second Vatican Council. Some scholars have rightly noted that in view of its ancient origin and continuous use in the Roman Church, this ought to be considered the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. There are many books in circulation that illustrate the theological and spiritual cohesion of the Ancient Rite of the Mass. It is the Rite that sustained and nourished the spiritual life of countless saints and which gave birth to Christian culture. As Pope Benedict observed in the letter accompanying his Motu Proprio, ‘what earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful.’ ⧾
So the twelve went out and proclaimed that all should repent (Mk.6:13).