And of course all of Heaven would come to us in the Mass, if God comes to us in the Mass, how could it even be possible that Heaven wouldn't?
We can be lead, by our surroundings, to think that the idea that all the Saints and Angels being around us is a nice, warm, comforting image. But this doesn't really take a whole lot into account.
First, let us recall our ancient Jewish roots.
|It's time to get our Jew on.|
"But that's okay, we're not Jews, we don't have to worry about that, right?"
To be short;
We, as Christians, worship the same God that the ancient Jews worshiped and feared so sincerely. Christians should fear this same God with this same sincerity, if no more being that we have seen the complete fullness of not only his immense power, but also His love for mankind.
So, why do we lack this fear of God? We receive Communion, for those of you who don't know that means bodily receiving the GOD of Jacob, who (you know) created the ENTIRE UNIVERSE, with a lackadaisical attitude. We go before what the ancient Jews were so afraid of that they made preparations for death before doing it, without a thought, or a care. Because we've made God "nice".
To see how far this false "nicety" can take us, lets go back to the presence of the angels at Mass. Many of us would believe that this means that there's an army of naked babies with wings floating through the church. This is not what Scripture tells us of the angels though. In fact some of the angelic creatures described in the Scriptures would make Wes Craven crap his pants.
Take this for example:
|I can't even...|
(Seriously, the next time your kids act out in Mass, just tell them this thing is there...)
And just like we've in our understanding changed what the angels are, so too have we changed what God is. We have made a "Stepford Jesus" who never makes us change anything about ourselves. Well unfortunately that isn't how God works. God is the Almighty Creator, and like the Jews we should always be in awe and fear of Him. Now many argue against this saying "oh, but God loves us." As if love makes Him any less powerful. If anything His great love for us should make us fear Him more, being that he is so intimately involved in our lives.
And as such, I say to you as the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom says to all of us; whenever we go before God we should always "approach with Faith, with Fear, and with Love."