Stories are always more compelling at delivering a message than facts. Christianity is not about mental information, about knowing the fact of our salvation, but rather goes so much deeper. Every Sunday we profess our faith in God – we declare the statements of our faith: God Our Father and Creator, His Son Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit, the Church, etc. But that is never enough for us.
We see today that the things that really compel us are the stories, the drama of our salvation played out before us. Every year the Church comes back to the mysteries we remember today, taking an extra five or ten minutes to solemnly recall this great tragedy: Our Lord suffered and died. That King who we proclaimed at the beginning of Mass reigns not on an earthly throne but on a cross, and because He has humbled Himself becoming obedient to death on a cross God raised Him up and gave Him the name above every other name.
We recall this story every year because it is also our story. In Peter we see ourselves, denying Christ but repenting. In Christ's suffering and death, we see the horror of sin, and we die to our own sins. As Christ trusted in the Father's will, we try harder to follow God's plan for our lives. Like the centurion soldier, we see Christ's glory revealed mysteriously in His death, and we say with him: truly this was the Son of God. The stories are what move us and drive us to change, because we learn there that are lives aren't isolated: they are part of something bigger.
And the story of the Cross, our origin and our destiny, our guide and our goal, is present to us every week. The drama of the Lord's Passion is revealed mysteriously and sacramentally on this altar, where Christ gives His body and blood for you to have life and have it to the full. Come and drink from this life-giving font, embrace your own part in the story of salvation, and and receive the promises of our Loving God.