As a Catholic, I consider Sunday Mass an obligation that should be observed without falter.
But, honestly, I had a hard time going to this week’s Sunday Mass.
And not only that, my schedule the past several weekends have been erratic there have been several Sunday Masses already that I missed.
This past Sunday was again going to be no different was I not alarmed by the thought that this consecutive Sunday Mass absences may go on and on and on and become permanently habitual.
I have been busy (as a bee), recently. And I have not been getting enough sleep several nights trying to catch up work on personal projects that oftentimes get laid aside in favor of family situations needing my full attention.
Boy, how easy it was to justify not going to Mass.
But this Sunday, I was again in an exhausted mood and divided between getting some sleep or getting up to go to Church upon arriving home early in the morning after completing some family errand.
Helplessly, I prayed and asked God’s help.
And as always, God never fails.
He answered. Immediately.
I found the strength to get up, take a shower, dress up and drove to Church.
I was able to attend the 11 am Mass at our parish.
It is really easy to get pulled away from doing our Sunday obligation if we become lax and do not deliberately set our mind to make Sunday, solely a day devoted to God.
Solely a day to worship God.
And, perhaps, strictly a Sabbath day.
You should understand, why.
Why We Don’t Go to Sunday Mass
Satan would do all he can to keep us away from Sunday Mass because, in a way, not attending Sunday Mass makes us disregard Jesus instruction, and thereby disobey God’s word of: “Do this in memory of me.”
And disobedience to God’s word makes us vulnerable to demonic attack.
Likewise, not attending Mass will keep us from receiving all the Graces we need to fully equip us in fighting and winning the battles of daily living in a contaminated and demon-infested world.
Not Going to Sunday Mass is Deadly
For us Catholics, missing Sunday Mass is deadly.
Because in the Eucharistic Mass we receive, during the communion rites, our life source here on earth, which is the body and blood of Jesus.
In John 6:53 Jesus said: “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you” (New International Version).
In other words, if we are not receiving the body and blood of Jesus through the Eucharist, or the Holy Communion, we become LIFELESS people.
We may still be breathing, physically. Obviously.
But spiritually, we are DEAD.
And if we are spiritually dead, we become LIFELESS people that are moving in and about the earth, busily working and working but achieving nothing.
Breaking Away from the Spirit of Slumber
I was glad I had broken away from the spirit of slumber that was slowly creeping in on me about to bring major setback in my walk with God by missing Sunday Mass.
I remember attending the anticipated Mass (the same as Sunday Mass) on Saturday evening at our parish with my 13 year old daughter. She would not receive communion because a friend told her she should not receive Communion when she hasn’t gone to confession.
I told her we don’t have to go to confession every day to receive Communion.
It was when I told her that she will have no life in her if she doesn’t receive the Holy Eucharist during Mass, and cited Jesus words in John 6:53, that she got persuaded and took Communion.
From then on she readily takes the Holy Communion during Masses, be it on a Sunday Mass or on a weekday Mass, and even if she hadn’t gone to Confession last week.
Of course, going to confession is another MUST do for us Catholics, but what I’m saying is that there is no rule that says you have to confess everyday if you want to receive Holy Communion.
But of course, there are instances that you can be excused from missing Sunday Mass. When weather is bad, for example, like when there’s hurricane or snow blizzard.
When your job includes a Sunday schedule, or if you are sick. You can be excused but you must endeavor to find a way to go to Mass, if not on a Sunday then on a weekday.
Still you must know that when you missed Sunday Mass, you missed to receive the Graces that are available to you that Sunday.
Especially the Graces you need to fully equip you in fighting and winning the battles of daily living in a contaminated and infested world.
What the Priest said about Not Going to Sunday Mass
I had my own share of failure of attending Sunday Mass due to bad weather.
I told the priest during confession.
And he said:
“You have to try your best to go to Mass every Sunday for your own good.”
“Going to Sunday Mass will bring blessings not only to yourself but to your children and to your whole family.”
“Going to Sunday Mass will unblock you from anything that you might be pursuing but having difficulty achieving.”
“Going to Sunday Mass will even unblock your family members, your children, from any difficulty they may be experiencing.”
The priest repeatedly said the word “unblock!”
I would say going to Sunday Mass releases us from the stronghold of evil forces at work in our life.
Washed Clean at Sunday Mass
And so, after going to Mass last Sunday, I was so happy I repeatedly thank God for helping me overcome myself and finally able to go to Sunday Mass. Again.
I felt I was washed clean from the contamination that I picked up during the week, and the previous weeks, while going through my day to day tasks in life.
I realize that in this contaminated and demon-infested world we are exposed to the filth and dirt of it and there is no way you can be fully protected from it but living the kind of life that Jesus commanded us to.
And Sunday Mass, which Jesus formed. during His Last Supper with His apostles and disciples in the Upper Room before He was handed down to His persecutors, is the ultimate cover, protection, and cleansing we need against all the torment that the world is ready to throw at us the moment we wake up in the morning and begin our day until we retire at night to sleep.
Make Sunday Mass a no exception part of your life. Remind yourself always that without receiving the body and blood of Jesus that you can get from the Mass you will become a living DEAD person.
Remember always what Jesus said.
“Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” (John 6:53, New International Version)
Receive Communion always. It strengthens you. Making you well-armed to face the battles in your life.
Go to Sunday Mass.
It is the ultimate Power, and our strongest weapon, against the attacks of evil forces.