Jeremiah 1:4–5, 17–19
‘I have appointed you prophet to the nations.’
Psalm 70(71):1–6, 15, 17
R. I will sing of your salvation.
1 Corinthians 12:31–13:13
The supremacy of charity
The Lord sent me to bring Good News to the poor and freedom to prisoners.
No prophet is ever accepted in his own country.
Images from the Word
- Approval of all
- His own country
- Walked away
- Higher gifts
Places should be arranged with appropriate care for the faithful so that they are able to participate in the sacred celebrations visually and spiritually, in the proper manner. It is expedient for benches or seats usually to be provided for their use. The custom of reserving seats for private persons, however, is to be rejected.—General Instruction of the Roman Missal, §311
The faithful must be placed so that they can exercise their priestly roles during the celebration of the Mass: they assemble as the one holy people of God, to listen attentively to the Word proclaimed; they make intercession for the needs of the world; they present their gifts for the eucharistic sacrifice; and they all process to the table of the Eucharist to be consecrated as the people of God. The design of the space needs to ensure that they can exercise their right to participate in the liturgy.