Spiritual Me

July 27, 2015

Why Consider not Leaving Mass Early

St. Joseph Catholic Church in Edinburg

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” Malachi 3:10 NIV  

At the end of a Catholic mass the priest gives  the congregation a blessing adding “Go in peace, mass has ended.” Catholic mass is about one hour long, and sometimes that is too long for some.  Sometimes we leave early to attend to the same worldly activities that kept us busy in the past week and will continue to engage us for the rest of our lives.

But how can we say no to a blessing from God? Most of us go to church to refuel, to ask for God’s forgiveness and his blessing for all the things the new week will bring. Do we invite Jesus to be a part of our plans? if the answer is yes, then why skip the fundamental element which is His blessing?

And how about those days when we do not make it to mass on time? Not only do we interrupt attendees but we miss out on the forgiveness of sins opening rituals. The mass is designed to be a complete spiritual experience of forgiveness and the renewal of our faith and our commitment to walk with Christ, yet we find ourselves rushing and arriving late. Sometimes, I have to admit, even wondering and searching for excuses that will make us feel good about not attending at all. Believe me there are plenty of those, but that is another story.

How often do we arrive late to the movie theater? we know well that the first minutes of a movie are crucial to follow the plot. The same can be said about mass.

Do we bless our children? Do we bless our friends?  Try doing so and you will experience how powerful God’s blessings can be. Like the verse above says,  our human minds cannot even grasp their magnitude. But to tell God “no thank you” I don’t feel like I need your blessing right now, for I have better things to do, is mind boggling. Let us consider embracing God’s blessings for our lives; it will be life changing.

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About the Author

Nydia O
A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.-Maya Angelou. La Vida Valle is where I write about "la vida" my life in the Rio Grande Valley. From this bi-cultural corner on the tip of Texas, I share my poems and my spiritual and travel experiences. I also blog about the arts, nature and my passion for historic preservation and architecture. But most importantly, let's talk about "la vida" - living our lives - in a vacation state of mind. Contributions and comments are always welcome .

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