Change Your Stinking Thinking

I knew a priest who constantly challenged people to change the way they think. The other night a friend of mine basically said the Church has to change the way it thinks about the mass. She said we should throw out the word obligation.
Going to mass on Sunday and holidays should not be considered an obligation, something you “have to do” but a privilege, something you get to do. It is a privilege to spend time in worship and communion with the Creator of the Universe, the Almighty God, and worker of miracles. We get to receive Jesus, the Divine Healer, miracle worker, and forgiver of sin, He who fed 5,000, healed the paralytic and raised the dead. Jesus with all His power is present in every host. Jesus passionately longs to bless us every time we open our hearts to Him in communion. Every time we go to mass there is a virtual Niagara Falls worth of grace poured out upon those who open their hearts to Jesus.
In the Bible we read how the Israelites traveled days and weeks to go to the Temple to worship. The Magi traveled for about two years to see Jesus. The crowds traveled for days following Jesus. Often they traveled from place to place trying to find Him. How easy do we have it? So often we get to travel by car less than a half hour and we don’t have to hunt. He sits in our Tabernacles just waiting for us. Most churches offer daily mass. We get to worship the Christ, the Living God in our local churches almost every day if we choose.
Think about it. People went berserk over the Beatles. People camped out to buy tickets to various concerts, and even movies. Around Thanksgiving some camp out to be in front of the line for sales. For the pope or a famous priest the crowds are unbelievable. I remember 70,000 people sitting in the rain for hours and hours in Giants Stadium waiting for John Paul II to say mass in October 1995. For security purposes they weren’t even permitted umbrellas yet they happily sat all day.
This is how it should be for every mass. Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, the Alpha and the Omega, the Lord of Lords, miracle worker, the Master of the Universe is present with all of His power, waiting to pour His infinite love upon us. The God who created everything and has everything we will ever need waits for us to come and worship Him so He can pour His graces upon us. He longs to bless us.
What can we offer Him in return for all He has given us? Can we ever offer a gift on our own worthy of Him? No but at the Consecration we get to combine our offering with the sacrifice Jesus made at Calvary.
If we only thought about how privileged we are to go to mass. At every Consecration we enter the throne room of heaven. We kneel with the angels and saints before the God of the Universe. We kneel with Mary, Joseph, Peter, James and John, Padre Pio, John Paul II, Mother Theresa and all the saints in heaven including those from our family. How could we ever think of mass as something we have to do!

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Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

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