“There are a great many people today who think that [faith in] Jesus is irrelevant in the modern context. I suspect these people are suffering from a modern madness caused by an ignorance of self and history. As we get to know ourselves, our deepest needs, and the history of humanity, the relevance of Jesus Christ to modern man becomes startlingly clear.”—Matthew Kelly
The Mass we celebrate for a small, baptized soul who left us before she was capable of sin is not a Requiem Mass. It is a “Mass of the Angels,” with a focus on confident joy.
A few years ago, I attended one of these Masses with grieving friends and family members, and I was particularly struck by the words of confidence and light that make up this rite. These stood in stark contrast to the darkness and the pain of loss that enveloped us.
At a Mass of the Angels, we thank God for a young life and sing “Alleluia.” Our loved one is with God. We know the Good News, and it is cause for celebration.
We do believe; help our unbelief.
Where is God? He is right here with us. He is calling us closer to him. When we are reeling from the pain of enormous losses, it can be excruciatingly hard to answer. We are crushed, broken, and sick with grief. Our small shoulders struggle beneath the weight of the cross.
But we need not answer for ourselves. It is at times like these that the Church herself answers for us—with a song. Her sweet clear voice cuts through the cold and the dark as she sings: Alleluia. With the patient, tireless trust of a child, she sings “Alleluia,” in the dark.
Are we listening? Do we have faith enough to join the song?