I am referring to before the consecration. In the EF the priest genuflects about a dozen times to the tabernacle before the Canon begins. He makes these genuflections during Mass. Not to mention every time one of the servers/deacon/sub-deacon passes in front of the tabernacle he genuflects.
He is genuflecting toward the newly consecrated Body and Blood of Christ.
So even ad orientum there is a sort of “ignoring the tabernacle” in a good way. There is a sense that once Mass begins the importance is on the altar and not the tabernacle. And this is a good focus as the grandest moment of the Mass is when Christ becomes present. Sure, he’s present in the tabernacle right there, but there is something more momentous that occurs at the instant when he becomes fully present to us.
Correct. But that only happens after the consecration. After communion, when he puts the Hosts away, he once again resumes genuflecting to the presence of our Lord in the tabernacle.
In the OF, there is no genuflecting to the tabernacle during Mass. The only exception to this might be as the priest puts the Hosts away after communion. As I said before, and as we are taught in seminary, we are to pretend the tabernacle is not even present. The presence of our Lord in the tabernacle is completely ignored. When passing between the altar and tabernacle, you bow to the altar, turning your back on the tabernacle. Even ad orientem in the OF, there is a bow to the altar, not a genuflection. I do not consider the entrance and recessional genuflections as during Mass.
While our focus is on the Mass, this is true, it does not make sense to me to ignore our Lord during the Liturgy of the Word, etc. Just because we are reading Scripture does not mean that the Lord is not physically present behind/in front of us.