Vatican II changed our way of looking at many things. We resented many of the changes, but now most have sunk in, and many seem right to us.
One thing I didn’t like hearing in the beginning was the way they referred to Jesus as God’s sacrament. There had always been seven sacraments, and I didn’t like these new people making changes with that. But that has become another change that I have learned to appreciate. My approval goes along with a new, clear definition that has come along. The scholars are telling us that a sacrament is anything that puts you in contact with God.
So, the Seven Sacraments are only sacraments for us if they put us in contact with God. Like, if you go up to Communion planning your breakfast, then on your way back to your pew you are looking at what people are wearing. If you never once make contact with God, then it isn’t a true sacrament for you. On the other hand, if the beautiful clouds these spring days lift your thoughts to God, then the clouds are sacraments for you.
Turning to today’s Gospel, we see how Jesus is the perfect sacrament. Jesus said, “I am in the Father is in me.” And, “Whoever sees me has seen the Father.”
We rightly think of God as the mystery of mysteries. He is too high above us for us to comprehend. I like expressing the difference between God and myself with the image of a very small bug crawling around in my hair, trying to understand his surroundings. He might think he has an awareness of the scalp beneath him, while in fact he has no grasp of the thoughts, feelings, old song lyrics that are pulsating beneath his little feet and feelers.
Jesus makes God understandable for us by showing us how God would act were he human. In him, more than anywhere else we have the great sacrament in which we can actually come in contact with God.