Interviewing Liturgical Leaders: Fr. Michael Joncas

“I think it is important to remember that liturgical participation in the Church’s rituals cannot capture the kingdom/reign of God, but can point to it and in some ways embody it. I think it is important that just as Brecht wanted his spectators not to achieve a cathartic release by submerging their critical and reflective thinking in identifying with the characters, so I believe those who participate fully, consciously and actively in the liturgy do so not to escape from reality but to encounter reality as envisioned in the kingdom/reign of God and leave the liturgy empowered by the Spirit to assist in the transformation of the world.”

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