31st Sunday in Ordinary Time – C October 31st, 2010

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Mistakes We make at Mass

Come in Late: Can you imagine if you were given the chance to meet with a very important person like our Holy Father? It would be a great honor & opportunity that no one would miss. Most likely, you’d pick your clothes out carefully, or let it slip that you were going to meet the Pope . Whatever you’d do however, this is one thing you would not do: you would not be late.

You’d probably even be very early, just so that you could get a good place if possible & to make sure the security checks didn’t make you run behind time. All this to meet with a human being.

And when we’re given the Amazing, Miraculous, Divine honor & opportunity to meet with & receive Jesus in the most Holy Sacrament of Mass, what do we do?
Often times we do it on automatic, routinely, just doing what we have to do to complete an obligation. I’ve been late to Mass one time too many. If I say I love the Lord and if I truly believe He’s really present during Mass, then how can I be late, no matter what the human justification?

I would aim to reach the church a whole 15 minutes before Mass starts – that way even if I get 5 to 10 minutes before Mass starts, it helps me settle in & pray before, rather than run in all huffing & puffing just in time or miss anything because I’m late. There are other things we are all guilty of:

  • Rushing off before the last hymn is sung!
  • Fussing with children during Mass. – good tip: sit near the exits or use the baby cry room so that in event of an emergency / crying baby, you can leave silently
  • Congregating in the lobby during mass. There are plenty of seats available inside the church
  • Keeping Cell phones on during Mass!

Remember Holy Mass is a Community form of prayer – if we fail to do our part, besides You are preserved from dangers and misfortunes which otherwise might have befallen you. You are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs despite you not realizing it. Once, St. Teresa was overwhelmed with God’s Goodness and asked Our Lord “How can I thank you?” Our Lord replied, “ATTEND ONE MASS.”
Courtesy by Melody Laila