If we combine Dean's concern over "faith through hearing" with Father Sotelo's assertion that is is crucial that the presider preach and interpret the message as well as offer the sacrifice (which I don't understand because it is sometimes done by three different men; perhaps because each acts in persona Christi?) in imitation of Christ who did all three, it seems we are just stuck with bad preachers. The alternative, permitting lay people to preach in Mass, is not an option because of this abstract unity which, while I understand it in theory, I frankly don't see as compelling in the face of reality.
Probably another area in which I am deficient.
I wouldn't say deficient, because it's an interesting question that brought me out of my personal rule of "don't get into it." And I'm thinking my way through this, so a month from now, I may have a completely different take.
If each of those priests/deacons is ordained, than each can act in persona Christi
(insofar as it's something he has faculties to do), can't he? So it's really just Our Lord using each of the three people insofar as their skills and abilities are able, yes? Yet I think this is another sort of question that leads Fr. Z to say that concelebration should be safe, legal, and extremely rare
. People get confused, and it sounds like, from what you're saying, one of those things that the head understands but it still feels weird?
As I've understood things while growing up Catholic, and then growing my Catholic Faith as an adult over the past ten to fifteen years, Mass is not intended to be Wal-Mart. The ends of Mass are worship, adoration, expiation, and petition, according to what I've been taught. I'm really thinking my way through this, because somehow the Liturgy of the Word must fit into that in a way that's different from what I've previously understood. I was raised Catholic, but spent a fair amount of my teen and college years hanging out in evangelical protestant environments, and I think my understanding is colored by that. Whereas my protestant friends would consider the preaching to be the main focus of their Sunday service, I'm starting to suspect that the Homily is the little part even of the Liturgy of the Word. Simply listening
to the Word of God (which is Our Lord Jesus, after all) and receiving
it, even if I don't understand it, seems to be what's called for.
We very well may need other things (like Scott Hahn) to help us grow in the Faith if we wish to have a broader understanding. We may need catechesis classes and that sort of thing. Our parish has two "discussion groups" (cough-adult-catechesis-cough) that meet while the kids are in CCD. We've only had that for a couple of years, and I don't get to go because I teach the kids, but I've been hearing really good things. The Spanish one is facilitated by a Spanish professor at a local University, and the English one is being facilitated by a couple who usually teach CCD to older kids but are taking this year off from that.