top of page

Sloppy Mass

One of the recent readings in the Daily Office lectionary was from Malachi chapter 1. I like all the Old Testament Prophets, but Malachi has some special nuggets of wisdom. In Malachi we hear God attacking the Levitical Priests saying that they have "despised" Him when they offered cheap sacrifices on the altar. We can easily apply this to the New Covenant Priesthood and see that the same concern exists today.


There are Priests who offer sacrifices that are "lame or sick" (Mal 1:8) on the altar of the Church. Just because the sacrifice of the Mass is truly Christ, does not mean that is always offered well (any more than a valid marriage means that husband and wife are always loving each other properly). Validity does not make abuse acceptable.


When Priests celebrate the Mass sloppily, and show no concern for the rules that were given to us, they are offering "tainted sacrifices". In Malachi, God warns that if the Priests do not repent, then He will refuse to accept their sacrifices. He also says He will punish them by allowing them to fall into greater sin and by making their ministry ineffective. Sound familiar? Yeah, I thought so too.


Finally, the Lord says that when the Priests fail to offer the sacrifices rightly, they also fall into doctrinal error and say that "good is evil and evil is good". He condemns their teaching saying that they are supposed to give the words of the Lord and are only giving their own ideas and inventions. Yup, that sounds familiar also.


For a Priest not to "keep the ways" of the Lord, and to be lazy in the Mass, doing it the way he likes and not the way commanded by the rubrics is a sign that we are under judgment. When Priests teach errors and promote immorality in the name of "inclusion" and "equality" then they have already given themselves over to the evil one. God will bring on their heads what their deeds deserve, and we must do all we can to ensure that we are faithful to our call--let us not be presumptuous.


I encourage you to go read the entire book of Malachi. It is not long, and is clearly speaking of the same types of things that we are dealing with today. It also has a wonderful encouragement for those who wish to remain true to the faith handed down to us: "Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts" (Mal 3:7).

22 views

Recent Posts

See All

How Ya Doin'?

I find it a good practice to do a quick "check up" on my Lenten devotions after the first week of Lent. Today is over a week since Ash Wednesday, but just under a week from the first Sunday of Lent. I

Blasphemy

I do not usually post links or videos, but you have to see this. It is not solely for this reason, but at least you can see I am not lying when I warn you about what is out there. Parents take note: t

The Chair of St. Peter

What is St. Peter's Chair that we recognize and observe as today's feast? A "chair" in the ancient near east was quite like what a "chair" is today: a seat of authority. Thus, we are recognizing the a

bottom of page