Why do Catholics go to Mass on Sunday?
Sunday is a celebration
of the living presence of the Risen Lord in the midst of his
For this presence to
be properly proclaimed and lived, it is not enough that the
disciples of Christ pray individually and commemorate the
death and Resurrection of Christ inwardly, in the secrecy
of their hearts. Those who have received the grace of Baptism
are not saved as individuals alone, but as members of the
Mystical Body, having become part of the People of God.
It is important therefore
that they come together to express fully the very identity
of the Church, the ekklesia, the assembly called together
by the Risen Lord who offered his life "to reunite the scattered
children of God" (Jn 11:52). They have become "one" in Christ
(cf. Gal 3:28) through the gift of the Spirit.
This ecclesial dimension
intrinsic to the Eucharist is realized in every Eucharistic
celebration. But it is expressed most especially on the day
when the whole community comes together to commemorate the
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