I remember when I was a little kid - like Billy in the comic - and started to learn all the right words to my prayers and the meaning behind the words we say at Mass.
At this point in my life, I can (almost, sort of) confidently say that I use all the right words in my prayers.
But I still constantly try to make our Mass more than just a bunch of repetitive words and actions - to find the meaning behind each action and every word.
For example, during the Eucharistic Prayer and the Institution Narrative, I really try to picture Jesus present in front of us, and mentally walk through the sacrifices He made for us.
Last week, in true "Billy" form, I just realized that when the priest displays the consecrated host to the people, and says "Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the World" he is quoting John the Baptist. (I knew John said those words, but embarrassingly enough I never put two and two together!!)
Now when the priest utters those words, I can imagine John announcing the Messiah to his followers. I can feel the elation all of those present must have felt when they heard those words. (Which, by the way, is how we should all feel at Mass since Jesus is present with us!)
Sure, I hit myself upside the head for not figuring that out sooner. But at the same time I smiled inside, knowing that in this circus of life, God reveals different things to all of us at different times.
P.S. I'd love to know if any of you do anything like this to bring the Mass to life. As you can see, I can use all the help I can get!