In my last post, the sources I have cited have nothing to do with the Neocatechumenal Way. Catholic Exchange website is a Catholic website, which also says that the dining room table is an altar and that the family is like the Catholic Church. Just as the father is the head of the household in the human family, so is the Pope and Bishops the spiritual head of God's household for they are Christ's representative on Earth. Pope John Paul II also stated that the Eucharist is a nuptial sacrament and likened to the union between man and wife.
Scott Hahn (a Catholic convert) found this richness in the Catholic faith as he was studying the word "covenant". When he was a Protestant, he only scratched the surface of Catholicism. After reading the Baltimore catechism, it took him even deeper into the Catholic faith. Most of us born and baptized into the Catholic faith do not even get that far into understanding our faith. According to Scott Hahn:
In the Protestant world the idea of covenant is understood practically as synonymous with or interchangeable with contract. When you have a covenant with God, it's the same as having a contract. You give God your sin; He gives you Christ, and everything is a faith-deal for salvation.
But the more I studied, the more I came to see that for the ancient Hebrews, and in Sacred Scripture, a covenant differs from a contract about as much as marriage differs from prostitution. In a contract you exchange property, whereas in a covenant you exchange persons. In a contract you say, "This is yours and that is mine," but Scripture shows how in a covenant you say, "I am yours and you are mine." Even when God makes a covenant with us, He says, "I will be your God and you will be my people." After studying Hebrew, I discovered that 'Am, the Hebrew word for people, literally means, kinsman, family. I will be your God and father; you will be my family, my sons and my daughters, my household. So covenants form kinship bonds which makes family with God.Scott Hahn's Conversion
During our word celebration, "covenant" was also one of the words the members of the NCW came across. We became part of God's divine family through our baptism. The seed of faith was planted in us in our baptism. But God calls us to live out our faith and not just simply to know our faith.
Like in any family, one can see sibling rivalry. One can even see a glimmer of this sibling rivalry among the Apostles. Like in the story of the prodigal son, the elder son gets jealous when he learns that the father throws a feast for the younger son. The elder son perceives that the father loves the younger son more than him. So, it is with Guam's clergy. Some of the non-neo priests perceive that the Archbishop loves the RMS priests more than them. Nevermind the fact that an invitation was extended to all members of the clergy to attend the special Mass. Like in the story of the prodigal son, the elder son did not attend the feast even at the father's invitation.
As I said in my previous post, the division is in the clergy. Let the clergy resolve their problems without any help from the laity. Already, the case of Father Paul and Monsignor James was sent to Rome; therefore, we (the laity) should allow Rome to do their job.
There are many people who are not in the NCW attending the parish Mass, and they have seen with their own eyes that some members of the NCW also attend the Sunday Mass. People who are in the Way also attend the Sunday Mass because they chose to build up their parish through voluntary work in singing in the parish choir, in serving at the altar as altar servers, Eucharistic ministers, or Lectors. Others serve the parish in other ways by cleaning the parish, maintaining parish grounds, and other voluntary services.