The first two lines of the Gloria are in fact essential to understanding what takes place at Mass. In this small parish church, where the lives of men and women unfold over the years, the Word still becomes flesh. God’s glory appears in the reading of Scripture, in the body of Christ assembled, in the priest’s ministry, and most of all in the Eucharistic species. To most, the remarkable vision of what is happening cannot be seen. God’s glory is still unfolding the a hidden way, in the lives of those who assemble to offer divine praise. Here, in this parish church, the reign of God’s peace announced by the angels continues for the benefit of all the world.
Timothy P. O’Malley, Bored Again Catholic: How the Mass Could Save Your Life (Huntingdon, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 2017): Loc 536-540. eISBN: 978-1-68192-063-4.