I have recently been asked this question by family members and wanted to get some insite from other sources before responding. Can you all provide me with objective reasoning. Thanks!
Where else are we able to take part in the Eucharist?!?
At the Last Supper, Jesus said “Do this in remembrance of me.” That is a pretty specific command. “Do this”. He didn’t just say “remember me”. He told us exactly how to celebrate His passion, death and resurrection for the redemption of the world.
The greatest worship you can give to God is to participate at the Eucharistic sacrifice in which the Sacrifice of Christ is re-presented in an unbloddy manner and is offered to the Father for adoration, thanksgiving, reparation and petition. While other forms of worship are pleasing to God as well, this is worship par excellance and that most pleasing to Him.
When you are baptized, you are baptized into the Body of Christ, the Church.
It is important to worship with others members of the church - not as an isolated member cut off from the rest of the body.
And it is scriptural:
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hope this helps. :tiphat:
In the New Testament it says, "Do not forsake the gathering of yourselves together."
It is a sad reflection on us Catholics that the Church has found it necessary to make a disciplinary rule that everyone must attend Mass on Sundays. It should be a given that people would go. However experience has shown that unless you have that rule attendance withers, and with it everything else that the Church does.
Wouldn’t it be better if the Church had to say, “OK now, ya’ll have to limit your Masses to two a day.” ?
You sound like me. I cringe when I hear “Holy Day of Obligation”. I much prefer going to Mass because I “Love To” rather than I “Have to”.
God deserves public worship, not just private worship.
I go to my first home to sleep and my second home [the church] to celebrate, socialise, fellowship and chill with my extended family
Maybe I’m looking at this in the wrong mindset. Is the question why do we go to Mass or do you think you can only worship at Church? I do both, so if it’s why can’t I worship outside of Mass, you certainly can, I do almost every hour of every day. I’m not restricted to worship only at Mass. Others have given why we go to Mass.
The question is why do I have to go to Mass or Church service when I can worship God on my own. It appears easy but the people Im addressing the question about aren’t sold on the authenticity of the Bible either… Its basically, why can’t I thank God daily and be a nice person.
I’d tell them that going to Mass was how Jesus set it up almost 2,000 years ago, it’s history. Why wouldn’t a Christian not do as Jesus established? they think their way is better? Take it up wiht the boss… LOL
There are two purposes of the liturgy: the glorification of God and the sanctification of man. First, it is necessary not only to worship God but to worship him in the way in which he wants to be worshiped. Second, a Christian needs the sacraments to remain in the state of grace.
Just like our bodies need food to function, grow, etc. our souls need food also - spiritual food. The Mass and especially the Eucharist provide this spiritual nourishment that we need. You can worship God anywhere and he wants us to. Our lives should be a prayer to God - everything we do should be done to glorify God, but once again going to church gives us the nourishment and the direction we need to accomplish this. As a kid I didn’t understand this and did not appreciate going to church. As I have grown spiritually I cannot imagine not going to church - it is a part of me.
I am going to make a distinction here. We are not required to go to the “church” building to worship God. We are required to attend a mass every Sunday unless there are extraordinary circumstances (i.e. illness, unavailability of a priest).
Why do I make this distinction? Our military men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan attend mass in tents and even in the open air. I have attended mass in a meeting room at Bryce National Park as the nearest parish was a half days drive away. In remote missionary areas often there is not a church to worship in so mass is held under some type of multipurpose cover or in the open air. The funeral masses for Mother Teresa and Pope JPII were done in the open air rather than a church building as to meet the needs of the faithful.
What is most important part of attending mass is that we are partaking in the Eucharist as Jesus told us to not that we are doing it in a specific location set aside for the purpose (although a specific location is prefered when available).
The root of the word “communion” is also the same root as the word “community”. That’s IMPORTANT to the understanding of this entire concept!
Jesus did not expect us to go out and worship Him by ourselves under a tree in the woods, He told us that we needed to “do unto others”, in other words He said we needed to embrace our ‘community’ in charity and in diverse ways. We fall terribly short when we think that we can do it all alone.
In my local parish, we don’t even call ourselves a “church”, we are a “community”. Part of worshipping God is being part of that Community. The same community we associate with when we take “communion” is the one we are called to serve. But it’s more than that ~ when you SERVE the community you worship God. Worship is not confined to “going to church” because part of worship is doing what God asks you to do. And God’s requirement of you does not end by going to church weekly or even DAILY. We are ALL called to serve outside of “church”.
Yes, going to church is important, and yes, our feeding on spiritual food is very important as well, but we are also called to SERVE just as Jesus served. You cannot serve yourself, you can only serve within a larger group, and that service takes place in the COMMUNITY where you are.
Part of worship is doing those things that please God, such as the service we do for others, which often ends up to be an end in and of itself. But part of worship is that we conform ourselves to what God has asked us to do, in this case, the Mass as well as service to others. It is not up to God to accomodate us, it is up to us to conform to God, so if our obligation to God is to go to Mass as well as to serve others, then that is what we do.
It is a hard thing to understand, perhaps, and harder when you are younger and full of the idea of “justice” and “right” but God is in control here. You can disagree, but you can’t change what God has chosen to be the “rules”. Your job is not to convert God to what you believe, it is to conform your life to the Will of God. That may be a hard thing to understand in our “anything goes” world, but, you see, perhaps with God, it isn’t “anything goes”, so you are forced to choose between “anything goes” and “God”. I pray you choose well!
I hope you choose the right way! Go to church! Praise God! Serve God every way you can!
And you know what, listen to your HEART! I am just SURE that your HEART has already told you all of this!
If a girl gets married in your community would the whole congregation be invited to the wedding as a matter of course? Or are you not that type of community?
I don’t know the answer to your question Malcolm, but in any event it’s not on point. The point was SERVICE to the community. I’m not sure how SERVICE to a community and a wedding are connected? And I’m not going to stray into a discussion that is not remotely connected, sorry!