Psalm 66 says, "All the earth worships you; they sing praises to you, sing praises to your name." Can you and I imagine what this would look like? All the earth worshiping and praising the Lord in song. People of every race, creed and nation giving unhindered glory to God.
This is, in fact, God's dream for the human race. God desires all human beings to wake up from their spiritual slumber and turn to him in humble praise and worship. Just think about these words, "Let all the earth worship."
The act of praise and worship helps us forget ourselves and turn to the one who is our life and hope.
Jesus referred to our Father in heaven as "Abba." In the original language of Scripture this word can be translated as "source." God is, in fact, the source of our lives and all that is good — the source of happiness, joy, love, peace, fulfillment and salvation.
The reason we see so much confusion and turmoil around us is because many have lost touch with our source. They have lost the sense that God is our source, our Abba, our Father.
In Edmonton we used to have an event called An Encounter with Jesus. Hundreds of people came together monthly to worship the Lord in song. We saw many people experience conversions and return to the Church.
Why? Because when people turn to the Lord and reach out to him in prayer and song, they are returning to their authentic source. When adults, young people and children sing praise and worship to God with one voice, it is incredibly beautiful. This is what the psalms say over and over.
The preacher to the papal household, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, once compared worship to a river flowing back into the sea. That should be the entire trajectory of our life — our life flowing back to God in a river of praise, worship, prayer and humble love.
The coming liturgical renewal in our Church opens the door wide for us all. It is time to "sing a new song to the Lord" and bring us home to a deeper understanding of praise and worship.
The glory of the Eucharist is that we are actually entering into the worship of Jesus directed to our Father. This total act of self-giving is united with our surrender as one river flowing back to the sea of our Father's house.
May the entire Church rise to this occasion and fill the world with new songs of praise and worship, songs of reverence and vitality that lead us to the most profound adoration of the mystery of Jesus in our midst. May we learn to adore Jesus in the most profound way possible.
In these difficult times, there is hope. Hope that we will return to the Living Source of our life and become the Church we were created to be. A Church that is the beacon shining the light of Christ to all. A people who fill the earth with songs of joy. A source of reconciliation between Christians. A deep expression of the beauty and holiness of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
In 1 Peter 3.15 St. Peter exhorts, "Beloved: Honour Christ as Lord in your hearts." This is where we must always begin again and again — honouring Jesus as Lord in our hearts, in our inmost being. Turning to him and filling the world with his praise, worship and glory. This is our quest and now is the time.
Jesus, may all the world learn to sing the praise and worship of God with holy abandonment. May all the world return to the real source of existence and eternal life. Come Holy Spirit. Renew the face of the earth. Amen.