WHY GO TO MASS?
Why do we go? To meet Jesus, the Jesus who loves us, forgives us, helps us and transforms our lives and outlook. That Jesus is our Lord and Saviour has to become a living personal experience for each of us. This happens through many means: when we listen to him, talk to him though daily prayer, when we offer ourselves at the altar of the Holy Mass, when we are reconciled with him in the Sacrament of Confession and when we recognise him in our brothers and sisters.
Jesus speaks to us at Mass, we listen to him. He calls us to save our life by losing it in offering humble and loving service to others, with a strong conviction that Jesus is present in every person. We need to praise and thank God in all the events of our lives, both good and bad, realising that God’s loving hand is behind every event. Sometimes it is only by looking back that we understand that God was with us all the time.
We lose our life by following Jesus and taking up our cross. We carry our cross the Christian way when we accept gracefully all events from God and share our health, wealth, time and talents with others even when it cost us a struggle. That also means that we evict from our hearts all selfish thoughts and evil desires, that we enthrone God in our hearts and share him with others.
Because we are not on our own, every cross we carry, every difficulty we face, every loss we endure, He is with us. He has promised this, to be with us, even to the end of time. Trusting in him, God will not abandon us, God will not let us go, His right hand holds us fast.
So willing and joyfully we go to Mass, eager to meet the Lord we need. There at Mass we celebrate with Jesus and in faith experience His death and resurrection, as his cross becomes our cross, as our cross becomes his cross and our lives become transformed by his power and love and peace and we receive in Holy Communion the very gift of himself in the Bread of Life.
How can we not go to Mass, when Jesus invites us, “Come to me, all you who labour and are heavily burdened and I will give you rest.”
Behold, O good and most sweet Jesus, I kneel on my knees in your sight ant with the most fervent desire of my soul, I pray that you would impress upon my heart faith, hope and charity, with true repentance for my sins and a firm desire of amendment, while with deep affection and grief I ponder and contemplate your five most precious wounds, having before my eyes what David spoke in prophecy: “They have pierced my hands and feet, the have numbered all my bones.” Amen.