At Mass you and I enter into Jesus' human prayer. There are many aspects in which this is true, mystical as well as practical; but I want to point out four in the very structure of the Mass:
- The Mass, in its entirety, hearkens back to the daily Temple liturgy in which Jesus participated when He made pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
- The Liturgy of the Word, the first half of the Mass, is the synagogue service in which Jesus regularly participated.
- The Liturgy of the Eucharist, even the very petitions made by our priests, come from Jesus' final celebration of the Jewish Passover on the night before He died.
- Further, the Liturgy of the Eucharist makes present Jesus' death, resurrection, and ascension, where His prayer and gift of self were fused into one.