June 28, 2020 - A View from the Rectory Window
After several months of watching live streamed Masses from home some may question why go to Church at all?
We go to church for many reasons: to pray, to sing, to talk to God and to listen to His reply. We go to experience the beauty of the liturgy, which lifts our heart and mind to The One who created us. We go to share the experience of community (and communion) with those around us, to share fellowship and faith. We go to receive Him in the Sacrament of Communion, and in receiving Him, bring Him out into the wider world. We go for consolation, for inspiration, for transcendence, for hope. We go to share in a ritual that is both ancient and new, and which has its roots in the Jewish sacrificial offerings of our forefathers: that I am part of a larger body of believers that exists today because of the many battles that were fought and lives that were lost for the profound and sacred words that make up our Creed.
We go because we can, and because many around the world can’t. We go because we live in a place that still cherishes devotion and piety and faith, and we cannot take that for granted. We go because we are free to do so. We go to hear proclaimed out loud the timeless words of scripture, and to hear proclaimed, as well, the stunning act of love: “This is my body…” We go because, invariably, we feel better for having gone. We go to pray for all our lesser problems and concerns, but also to pray for our family and friends, and even to pray for those we don’t like. We go because we believe that if we join our own prayers with those of the wider world, it just might do some small amount of good. We go because it matters to us. We’ve been richly blessed, beyond our wildest imaginings, and the least we can do for God is to give Him back just one hour of our lives on a Sunday. We go because we love our faith, and we love our God.
This time of quarantine has provided us with the opportunity to think about why we do what we do in order to help clarify the mystery and the beauty of the faith we share. So often, we do things like go to Mass without really thinking about it. I invite you to consider this question; why do you go to Mass?
Past Views from the Rectory Window: