Do you participate at Mass, or is it too much of a bother to participate at Mass? Despite our very complex and busy lives, we must strive to keep the Lord’s Day holy. Our first priority is to worship God publicly by participating at holy Mass. Since the days of the Apostles, the Church community has gathered together on Sunday. The Code of Canon Law states, “On Sundays and other Holy Days of Obligation the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass” (No. 1247). This obligation makes perfect sense. We have a moral obligation to give visible, public and regular worship to the God who created all things, including ourselves; who has blessed us in many ways; and who saved us from sin. Just as we attend to our material and physical concerns, we must attend to the well-being of our souls through prayer and public worship.
While this is a precept of our Church, we should consider it a privilege to participate at Mass. We gather as the Body of Christ sharing a common unity of faith and baptism. At Mass, we are nourished through the Word of God proclaimed in Sacred Scripture. We are then plunged into the mystery of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection, and nourished again through a sharing in His Sacred Body and Blood in the Holy Eucharist. When “Mass has ended” and we have given thanks, we then go on to our regular routine in our busy world, but we take Jesus with us. The ending really marks a beginning. The Mass becomes the launching pad for the rest of the week.
Is participation at Mass on Sunday enough? While participation at Mass on Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation will satisfy one particular precept of the Church, there are many other opportunities to worship and serve Our Lord. We encourage you to participate in special devotions such as Forty Hours, and to lend your talents to one of the many ministries of our Church. The more you participate in the liturgical and temporal life of our Parish, the more you will “feel” at home.