Why go to Mass if I don't get anything out of it?
10. Challenge yourself to find at least one idea within the Mass that makes
sense and seems possible, practical, intriguing, mysterious, interesting, cool
or worth thinking about in relation to your life in some way.
9. An hour's investment can result in a week's worth of better relationships
8. When Jesus becomes present in the Eucharist, the entire Body of Christ is
present. That includes grandparents who have died, relatives and friends who
live far away and people you don't even know. This invisible cosmic reality
is called the communion of saints.
7. If you pretend to agree with peers' negative opinions about attending Mass
just to live up to their expectations and retain your "coolness" rating, you
have caved in to peer pressure. Be unique—it's fun.
6. Your presence in church (unless, of course, you're slouched against the
back wall of the church rolling your eyes) is a sign to others that you consider
your faith important. That's what we all Christian witnessing or spreading the
5. If you tune into the words, especially those of the eucharistic prayer,
you can make them your own. Actually say them in your mind to God as you hear
them. Mean them yourself, as you say them along with the rest of the community.
4. Start a date sometimes at Mass. Going to Mass together is one of the best
ways to get the feeling that you are building and strengthening a relationship,
not simply skimming its surface. Knowing that your relationship is grounded
in God who is relationships and who created them is a good feeling.
3. Sometimes we think Mass is for those who A) understand their faith just
about perfectly and have no problems with it, and B) hold a really great, glittering
Christian track record. We need to remember to bring ourselves, faults and all,
to meet Jesus at Mass.
2. Mass brings you into a world and life-wide web, linking everything to Jesus
and turning it to gold. Even when Mass goes well, we tend to leave it and enter
an "ordinary, regular" world where things are just things, many of them a little
boring, many of them not working out right. Even though we'd like to believe
otherwise, we tend to feel that God is perhaps pleased and interested in the
prayers we say, but that the rest of our lives are pretty much dead space as
far God is concerned.
At the presentation of gifts at Mass, when two or three people bring the bread
and wine up the aisle to the priest at the altar, put your week-to-come among
the gifts to be transformed into Jesus and offered to our Creator. You're a
baptized Christian; you have the right and the power to do so.
1. It's what Jesus asked us to do. We owe Jesus everything, and he asked us to
celebrate Mass. In the end, it is just that simple.
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