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Why Go to Mass?
Jesus says, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them.”
So what if we took Him at His word?
Let’s get literal here: when we gather for Mass, we truly believe that God is there for us. One way is through the Gospel we hear.
Have you ever felt your heart leap or a word or phrase really speak to you in the depths of your gut while the readings were proclaimed at Mass? Or have you ever asked yourself, “How did Father know that I needed to hear that message in his homily?”
That’s God getting our attention.
But Jesus doesn’t only want us to hear him. He wants us to experience a profound intimacy with Him.
Two thousand years ago, Jesus broke bread with his disciples and said, “Take, this is my body.”
Then, he held the cup of wine and said, “This is my blood.”
Why would he do this?
He says, “Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me and I in them.”
Yes, the God of the Universe wants to live in us. He wants us to live in him. He is there, in the midst of us, just as he was with his disciples.
It’s a foretaste of heaven – literally.