[quote=Al Masetti]Try this:
As you read this post, stop for a few seconds and say the Apostles Creed.
Particularly the part where you acknowledge that there is a God and that God created us and everything around us… heaven and earth…
That God is the Creator and we, humans, are merely creations… with free will, but mere creations in any case.
And then consider that traditionally God has demanded that we human creations offer sacrifice to God… usually lambs or other physical sacrifices.
Now, we have the Mass… and you know the history of how the Mass / Passover Seder came about…
So, what you can do is view yourself as conducting a personal sacrifice… once a week you travel to your Catholic church building and witness a designated person who has dedicated his life to offering sacrifice to God… the priest … as he represents the sacrifice to God.
And you can join YOUR act of sacrifice to the priest’s act of sacrifice.
It’s an inconvenience; it takes time that we would rather be sleeping or playing sports or whatever; we give up some of our money… but we deliberately and consciously tell God that we acknowledge His “Creator-ship” and His INFINITY… and we offer the hour or two (with dressing and travel time) as OUR personal sacrifice to God.
So, when you are at Mass, when you find yourself getting bored or tired or wishing you are somewhere else or doing something else, …
… say a prayer that “I give this time/ feelings of boredom and feelings of impatience to You, Oh Lord, God, Creator of the Universe, Jesus, Judge, Holy Spirit… I offer all of this up as a sacrifice, imperfect as it is, to You.”
Very very good reminder. As Mass is Worship and not entertainment, we need to recollect a spirit of Sacrifice. In a talk by a priest, I was amazed how I looked at things completely upside-down.
He said that all the good work and mistakes and sins you’ve done for the day are all expiated and glorified at the moment of Consecration…this only happens when we join all that we’ve done, not done, ommitted and committed on that same altar where Christ takes it in and purifies it…then afterwards, we receive his body and blood.
And it’s available everyday of the year! What a gift!