Before we were created, the Lord destined us to "praise His glory" (Eph 1:12). Our bodies are not ideal for thinking, working, or running. Our human limitations are obvious when we forget information, stumble over our words, stumble over our feet, or get tired. But our bodies are tailor-made to praise God. From our renewed minds (see Rm 12:2), singing tongues, praying lips, open hearts, raised hands, to our dancing feet — we are created to praise God always and forever.
Our greatest praise of God is eucharistic worship. At Mass, Jesus, the eternal High Priest, is not only the Object of our praises but also the Leader of our praise and worship to the Father and in the Holy Spirit. Through, with, and in Jesus we share at Mass in the heavenly praises offered by the angels and saints to the Holy Trinity.
In this book, One Bread, One Body, we try to help you better understand, appreciate, and apply the readings for Mass. Thus, you will better celebrate the liturgy of the word, the first part of our praise and worship at Mass. If we are helping you praise the Lord and worship in the Eucharist, please let us know, for this is the purpose of our ministry.
Praise the Lord always and forever! Praise our eucharistic Lord!