Catholic Community Commentary

Top 5 Reasons to Attend Mass

It’s funny how our attendance at Mass has always been associated with the 10 Commandments, particularly to “Keep Holy the Lord’s Day,” when actually it is for our benefit not God’s. With that in mind, here are five motives to go to Church on Sunday:

  1. 1. To feed a spiritual life – We often hear “I can pray better at home or in the mountains or alone.” Prayer at anytime is wonderful and necessary, but prayer at Mass is unique. It is God’s children gathering to share a meal. One form is not ‘better’ than another but ‘as important’ as the other. We need both types of food to nourish us.
  2. 2. To draw on God’s support – Much like any meal, we are strengthened and renewed to continue our work when we have eaten. If we dine on a meal of foul language and rude behavior, much like junk food, it will have its effect. If we enjoy a meal of God’s Word and the Body & Blood of Christ, it also will have its effect. In the case of Sunday Mass, we are gathering the nourishment we need for eternal life.
  3. To develop community – Just like any family gathering, we need to come together to strengthen our bonds and ties to one another. Just consider how much closer you are to brothers, sisters, or parents whom you see more regularly, as opposed to cousins and grandparents that you might not. 
  4. To strengthen one another – The whole reason for strengthening our bonds and ties through our gathering for Sunday Mass is to be able to support one another. How would I know you without gathering with you? And how can I reach out to you if I don’t know you? We are the physical presence of God in this world, so it’s important to be with one another to do His work.
  5. To worship God – When it comes right down to it, we are built for LOVE. We have an interior desire and pull toward God, who is Love. We often try to fill that desire with things or activities, but we always come away wanting more – that intangible something.  St. Augustine said it best, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”

Why should we go to Church on Sunday? For very selfish reasons, to bring about our own peace and joy. God knows that. He even made it a commandment for our sake.

What are your personal reasons for attending mass? Please share them in the comments below.

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4 responses

  1. Adriene

    I love going to Mass on Sunday because I feel like it revives me, especially if I’ve had a trying week. I can always take something away from Mass that leaves me feeling like, you know life is good! It is a refreshing feeling to go to Mass!

    July 15, 2010 at 10:56 pm07

    • Couldn’t agree more, Adriene. It’s an opportunity to erase some of the nastiness from the previous week and start the new week with a clean slate 🙂

      July 15, 2010 at 10:56 pm07

  2. Lisa Unverferth

    Thanks Fr. Mark for your answer on what to wear to church. Inappropriate clothes are very distracting to the rest of the parishioners.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:56 pm07

  3. Mary Siefker

    I’d have to agree with Adriene! Each time I receive Christ in the Eucharist I’m reminded of his great sacrifice for us all! Makes me realize that no matter my stuggles through the week, Christ lives within me and I have the power to make it through!

    August 9, 2010 at 10:56 pm08

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