=ZoonCorp;11686297]So for example, today there is mass in a town 20 mins away with bus. I don’t have a drivers license and there is no one who wants to drive me there this week. However, when I am looking up the timetable for buses, I see that the times they aren’t optimal. I be there 30 mins earlier before mass, and I will pretty much have to power walk/jog for 15 mins from there in order to catch the bus home in time, or I will have to wait for an hour before I can take the next bus.
Of course it’s manageable. But then again, how can one know for sure when it would be ok to skip mass this time? I kind of torn between this, because on the other hand I know that going to mass is something that one needs to and wants to do.
I mean, one could technically walk for miles for mass and then walk back home again. It’s doable, but not optimal. I’m not trying to make excuses, but I am honestly not to happy of the thought of having to deal with the buses.
Thanks for asking
Mt. 10:38 “] And he that taketh not up his cross, and followeth me, is not worthy of me”
Mt. 16:24-25 " Then Jesus said to his disciples:** If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me**. ** For he that will save his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for my sake, shall find it**.
Mk. 8:34-37 " And calling the multitude together with his disciples, he said to them: If any man will follow me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel, shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
The criteria is “Prudence” [What would a “normal” person do in like circumstances?]
The Obligation for MAss is a GRAVE one; meaning its a MORTAL sin if done intentionally.
If you are TRULY unable to attend a Sunday Mass, attend Saturday night vigil. If you can’t do that then Substitute a weekday Mass.
Inconvenience or hardship that is not endangering your health is NOT an acceptable excuse.
Sickness; inclement weather; work schedule are valid excuses. God is a God of Mercy and Love. He will accept legitimate reasons to miss; but hardship is normally not a Sufficient reason.
You need not put yourself at risk, but inconvenience is just that.
God Bless you,