A portion of this video shows the reception of Holy Communion at a Tridentine Mass in Papau,New Guinea, in the pre-Vatican II era. One can’t but feel a little how much Our Lord must love his littlest, most poor, most simple of souls. Instead of descending to their abasement, Holy Mother Church had always attempted to raise indigenous pagans heavenward, culturally and spiritually.
In watching this, my thoughts were directed to images of Adam and Eve after their expulsion, half-naked, with only caves for shelter, eking out measly and poor sustenance – our parents, mine and yours.
How grateful I am to our Lord Jesus Christ, who at the cost of His blood, has purchased for us pardon and redemption with the promise of eternal happiness.
“I am come that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.” – John 10:10Interestingly, the images on the video of the natives at Mass do not scandalize, unlike that of the papal Mass with John Paul II, where in the name of inculturation, a bare-breasted woman did the readings. While watching the video, think: Original Sin, Original Sin, Original Sin…
This Lent, unite closely to Our Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s show Him our gratitude by accompanying Him for the 40 days, in a spirit of mortification and dying to self. For my part, I will be spending less time on this computer and more time doing spiritual reading and praying. “Gratitude” will be my watchword.