The Way the Church Is Supposed To Be

Weren’t the crowds attending mass this Christmas awesome? Don’t you wish it was like this year-long? Actually, this is the way it is supposed to be every Sunday, not just on Christmas and Easter. This is the way Christ intended things to be. Our challenge is to figure out how to bring these people back to mass and the Church.
The first thing we have to do is clear up people’s misconceptions about the Mass. Too many treat it like an obligation, something they have to do rather than something we are privileged to do. When you think about it Moses, Abraham, David and Solomon never had the privilege of receiving Jesus.
The Mass is not something we have to do like punching a time clock but an encounter with the living God, the God of Infinite Love who passionately wants to pour out His grace and love upon us in the Eucharist. In communion we encounter Jesus in all of his divinity, power and glory, the same Jesus who healed the paralytic, raised Lazarus from the dead walked on water and fed the 5,000. This is the Jesus we receive, one with all of His majesty and power not some watered down version of Jesus.
Too often we have been like the people of Nazareth who couldn’t get past the fact that this great miracle worker was someone they grew up with, the Carpenter’s son. How could He perform miracles? And due to their lack of faith Jesus did not performed any miracles in His home town.
Aren’t we the same? We go to mass expecting nothing, hoping at most for a short or interesting homily. We give no thought to the God of power and might, the God of miracles, who comes at the Consecration. Too often our attention is on who is there, what people are wearing or where we are going for breakfast or lunch.
Jesus came so that “we might have life and have it abundantly”. He is the “same yesterday, today and forever”. He is present in all of His Divinity and power in the Eucharist and He longs to bless us just as He blessed the people of the Gospel and He knows what is best for us. Remember the story of the paralytic whose friends lowered him through the roof. The first thing He said to him was your sins are forgiven.
Jesus longs to heal us in mind, body and soul. He waits for us in humility in the Eucharist so He could pour out His blessings upon us. Our job is to open ourselves up to the graces He so ardently wants to give us and allow Him in the Eucharist to change us into the people we were created to be.
The Mass is so much more than something we have to do. It is such an opportunity to be blessed beyond our imagination by the God who loves us with infinite love and mercy, who has so much to give us. There is so much that we are missing out on because of our misunderstanding the Mass. We have to get the word out.

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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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