As we begin this new Church year we will reflect on the Mass through a series of "Three-Minute Catechesis". These
reflections are intended to give a bit of information about the Mass and a bit
of inspiration that will help us live the Eucharist all week long, or in the
Pope’s words “to enter into that mystery in every aspect of their lives.
The first article is about "Why Are We Here?" Why are we here? Why do we gather week after week for this liturgy we call the Mass?
There are probably a lot of answers to that question. Some of us come because it's a habit. Others come out of obligation. Others come because they are grateful for God's gifts. And many of us come for several of those reasons combined. More basic than any of the reasons, we all come because God has called us here. It was God who chose us to be members of the Church. And we come for Eucharist, which comes from the Greek word for thanksgiving. We gather each week to give God thanks and praise. Sometimes we may forget that. It's easy to focus on what we hope to get out of coming to church rather than on giving thanks for what God has already given us.
The most important thing we find when we gather here is the presence of Christ himself. Christ reveals his presence to us in various ways. He is present in our very gathering, living in each of us who are his tabernacles. He is present as the leader of our worship. He speaks directly to us when God's word is proclaimed in our midst. He offers us his own body and blood as our food and drink so that we will be more closely united with him and with one another.
We come because Christ is here and because he calls us. Here we are reunited with one another and with him who is our head. And when we leave here, we go forth carrying Christ with us, taking him to our world that is in such need of his presence and his love. He teaches us and feeds us here to strengthen us to be Christ-bearers all week. Let us go forth from this place to love and serve the Lord.
Yours in Christ,
Father Greg Esty
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