gratitude. The Chrism Mass is one of the less known Masses surrounding Holy Week. In it, the priests renew their vows to Holy Orders with their bishop. Also, the oils for the sick and the catechumen are blessed and the Sacred Chrism is consecrated for use of Confirmation and Holy Orders. During the Chrism Mass in Rome, the Holy Father addressed his priests:
“Mercy restores everything; it restores dignity to each person. This is why effusive gratitude is the proper response: we have to go the party, to put on our best clothes, to cast off the rancour of the elder brother, to rejoice and give thanks… Only in this way, participating fully in such rejoicing, is it possible to think straight, to ask for forgiveness, and see more clearly how to make up for the evil we have committed. It would be good for us to ask ourselves: after going to confession, do I rejoice? Or do I move on immediately to the next thing, as we would after going to the doctor, when we hear that the test results are not so bad and put them back in their envelope? And when I give alms, do I give time to the person who receives them to express their gratitude, do I celebrate the smile and the blessings that the poor offer, or do I continue on in haste with my own affairs after tossing in a coin?”
May mercy never seem like medication for us. Rather, a restoration to the relationship we are created for …. relationship with God.