THE MASS…IT’S NOT ABOUT US, IT’S ALL ABOUT GOD
How often have we heard others say that they don’t get anything out of Mass? Perhaps it is the single most influential factor in why people leave the Catholic Church. It may not be all that surprising when you think about the state of the modern culture.
In our daily lives, we are connected to the world around us. From our computers with the internet to our daily television regimes, most of us are kept continually engaged.
Likewise, we want to stay engaged when we are at church. Just like our connections in our modern world, we want to be entertained and engaged at church services. We want great sermons that motivate us. We want music and a choir that are vibrant, alive, and bring us to our feet. We want a pastor that understands our human needs and is compassionate and never condemning.
The holy Mass, however, is not a simple church service. It is so much more. The Mass is actually not of this world but rather out of this world. It was established by Jesus Christ as a perfect form of worship to God the father. At every holy Mass, we assist the priest in the eternal sacrifice made once and for all by Jesus Christ. Yet, somehow this fundamental concept has been lost by most Catholics.
We are Catholic. We must never lose sight of the fact that the Mass is a supernatural experience. It is not about us and what we get out of it. The Mass is all about God and what we bring to him. If we worship the Lord our God at holy Mass with pure hearts, minds, and souls, we will leave Mass completely full of God’s love, Jesus in the Eucharist. There is no greater fulfillment on earth.
Ponder: How can you better prepare to worship the Lord at every holy Mass?
Reflect: Luke 22:19
Pray: Heavenly Father, please help me to understand the Mass so that I may worship you more perfectly.