What value does the Mass have for me?
Brothers and sisters let me remind you of how important these sacred mysterious are to us Catholics. When we look at our Orthodox brothers and especially those who celebrate the Mass in the Tridentine Rite, they take being prepared for The Divine Liturgy very seriously. Why? Because in all the other twenty-two rites of the Catholic churches that are in communion with Rome, they understand how Holy and Special it is going to Mass. CCC-519 “All Christ’s riches “are for every individual and are everybody’s property.” Christ did not live his life for himself but for us, from his Incarnation “for us men and for our salvation” to his death “for our sins” and Resurrection “for our justification”. He is still “our advocate with the Father”, who “always lives to make intercession” for us. He remains ever “in the presence of God on our behalf, bringing before him all that he lived and suffered for us.” Jesus Christ is now with God the Father in heaven. He is constantly making intercession for us on our behalf to the Father. Wait, what do you mean by making intercession? Jesus willingly offered himself as a perfect sacrifice to God. Because he is without sin, and has no blemish, he is truly the perfect “lamb” to be slaughtered. He is perfect and spotless in every way. Only he, can be that bridge that can unite us to the Father and open the gates of Heaven.
CCC-521 “Christ enables us to live in him all that he himself lived, and he lives it in us. “By his Incarnation, he, the Son of God, has in a certain way united himself with each man.” We are called only to become one with him, for he enables us as the members of his Body to share in what he lived for us in his flesh as our model”. Jesus, The Messiah is the Holy High Priest. When he expired on Calvary for all of humanity, his blood was spilled on the cross for the salvation of the world. His death is “reenacted” in a blood-less way on every alter throughout the world. Because when Jesus Spoke these sacred words during his Passover meal with his disciples, he turns simple bread and wine into his own flesh and blood. Matthew 26:26-29 “Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I shall not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” His Body brings healing. His Blood bring redemption. When we consume this simple host and wine, we literally have Jesus within us. Physically, he is present for fifteen minutes. This is the opportunity to speak the God. We can ask him to heal our broken minds and body. Here we can give him thanks for that new baby that came into the family. We can ask him for mercy for someone in our family. We can go into a deeper meditation while we are thinking about Jesus.
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is worth more to you alive then when you are gone from this world. (Our Lady of the Living Rosary Association) “Masses offered during our life will go before us, to either cancel our debt- whole or in part, of the punishment due for our sins; thus, it may shorten our Purgatory.” In the Tridentine Rite, when the Holy Priest ascends to the altar, he is begging Almighty God to make our hearts pure and ready for worship. When we enter our place of Worship, we are entering the Holy of Holies. This mindset has been lost in the “Novus Ordo Mass”, the form that is used in the United States Today. The Church is only a physical building. What makes it Holy is that Jesus is in the tabernacle. When you see the Red Candle lit by the Alter, he is present. Some don’t even genuflect when they enter the church. Most just come and sit down or have private conversation inside the church. This is not the place to talk about your tailgate parties or to gossip. This is a house of prayer. When we are invited to a dinner banquet or attending a huge Christmas party at our corporation, we come very well dressed yes? We make sure we have our sharpest suit or that awesome dress that would impress your family and friends. So how come we don’t dress for success for God? How come some of us don’t stay for the full hour of Mass? God is only asking for one hour in a twenty-four-hour day. We need to be focused, have our minds ready for worship and leave the worldly thing outside. Let us give Praise and Glory to Almighty God for that one hour. Let us offer him the very best of our “gifts” like Abel did before God. Let us bring our petitions before God to ask for healing, help and salvation for us and the whole world. CCC- 559 “How will Jerusalem welcome her Messiah? Although Jesus had always refused popular attempts to make him king, he chooses the time and prepares the details for his messianic entry into the city of “his father David”. Acclaimed as son of David, as the one who brings salvation (Hosanna means “Save!” or “Give salvation!”), the “King of glory” enters his City “riding on an ass”. Jesus conquers the Daughter of Zion, a figure of his Church, neither by ruse nor by violence, but by the humility that bears witness to the truth. And so the subjects of his kingdom on that day are children and God’s poor, who acclaim him as had the angels when they announced him to the shepherds. Their acclamation, “Blessed be he who comes in the name of the Lord”, is taken up by the Church in the “Sanctus” of the Eucharistic liturgy that introduces the memorial of the Lord’s Passover.”
The next time you enter a church, give Thanks to God that he sent his Son, Jesus to die on the cross for your personal salvation. Don’t just give God “a dollar” but a real tithe of 10% of your income. If you been blessed with more, then give a little more. You’re not giving the money to the Priest, you are giving money to help expand in the Mission of Christ’s Kingdom. Wear the very best that you have. I’m not saying come to Church in a one-thousand-dollar suit, but come clean, and presentable before Almighty God. Dress modestly and again ready for worship. Come with you pains, your joys and your offering of self to God. Blessed be the Name of Almighty God, it is proper to give him Praise!