“May our faith supply what our senses fail to grasp.”
Many people go to Mass, sit back and think “Okay God – this better be good or I’m not coming back.” It’s great if the music and homily are good. They definitely add to the beauty and reverence of the Mass. But remember – only at Mass can you receive Jesus in the Eucharist.
The top two reasons that people leave the Catholic Church are the preaching and music. These, of course, are important, but even if they are quite awful, offer it up, pray for your priest, and go to Mass.
If you’re looking for a personal relationship with Jesus, you can’t get any more personal than when you take the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ. Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist. It is not just a symbol. If you leave the Catholic Church, you leave the Eucharist. This is a big deal, and this is why we want you back if you have left, or if you’ve stopped going, or only go every once in a while.
Think about it. At a Catholic Mass, what is front and center? It’s not the ambo, where the readings are read and the homily is preached. The ambo is off to the side. It is the altar that is front and center. Nothing this side of Heaven is more beautiful than what goes on at a Catholic Mass. Heaven is opened up, and the altar is surrounded by adoring angels during the consecration. We go to Mass to worship God, not to be entertained.
I love how the priests and deacons walk in and kiss the altar at the beginning and ending of every Mass. Really notice this next time – and know that despite good or bad homilies and good or bad music, Christ is truly present, no matter what. The Eucharist is the source and summit of our Catholic faith. Jesus is there – body, blood, soul and divinity in the consecrated host. Thank God for the beautiful gift of the Mass that Jesus left for us 2000 years ago. Please go, and keep going back. ❤