I just thought I’d share a few thoughts about how to counter some of the most common “Mass excuses” (cop-outs for not going). Please post your own as well.
Excuse #1: The Mass is not relevant to my life.
How do you plan to change your life to make it relevant to the Mass? Our life is not the standard by which the Mass should be measured, but vice-versa. In other words, if the Mass is not relevant to your life, then it is your life, not the Mass, which needs to change.
Excuse #2: I don’t get anything out of Mass.
Why are you so concerned about what you get out of the Mass? If you love the Lord, you will be grateful for the opportunity to give the Lord worship that is pleasing to him.
Excuse #3: There are too many hypocrites in the Church.
Ok, if you go to Mass, you will spend one hour a week with these kind of people. If you were to go to Mass every Sunday for the next 100 years, you would spend the equivalent of about 217 days with the hypocrites (less then one year). Contrast this with having to spend all eternity in Hell with them, and you see that you will do much better at avoiding hypocrites than if you avoid going to Mass.
Granted, I may not use these exact words if I have good reason to be concerned for coming across too harsh, but this is essentially the message I would convey.