I recently had a conversation with a person who is coming back to the faith. During the conversation he mentioned that he is searching for Christ and trying to figure out which denomination of Christianity he should belong to. My response to him was, “Are you looking for a “church” that agrees with your views or are you searching for the Church that Christ founded? Depending on your answer they will lead you down two very different paths.”
Since then I have been reflecting on this brief discussion often, specifically in regards to whom do we worship when we go to Mass? Do we worship ourselves or do we worship the Eucharistic Christ? Do we look to be entertained at Mass or are we there to adore, atone, give thanks and petition? Do we talk to neighbours and friends or are we talking to Jesus present in the tabernacle? Do we clap and adore human acheivement or do we praise God?
On the note of clapping, which I know many good intentioned people do:
“It is not fitting to applaud the servant in the house of his Master.” – Pope St. Pius X
“Wherever applause breaks out in the liturgy because of some human achievement, it is a sure sign that the essence of liturgy has totally disappeared and been replaced by a kind of religious entertainment.” – Pope Benedict XVI
Now, is community important? Absolutely! We should make every effort to build our Catholic community and socialize after Mass. I will write more about this point next week.
This Sunday, when we go to Mass, let us focus more on God and less on ourselves, to adore, atone, give thanks and petition. It is not about you, it is about Him who has loved you from the beginning.
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