As I sit here waiting for Confession in a parish I haven’t been to in years, but frequented during my college days I wonder what has happened to my life. It’s not that my life is “bad” or that I’m an alcoholic or have burned all my bridges or something like that. In fact by western standards I’m doing well: single, able to pay my bills, eat, spend money on entertainment, and socialize when I want. But when it comes to my relationship with God I am tempted to think and speak about it in the past tense.
And I wonder how I got here. The answer is actually quite simple. Daily. Mass. The reality of the matter is this: Mass is the most important thing on the face of the earth. In the Mass, man and God come face to face. It is not just a ritual. It is not just a worship service. It is not just another thing we do as a loving act of God. It IS God becoming completely present to us. Body, Soul and Divinity. Everything that God is becomes present in the Eucharist: truth, love, mercy, justice, wrath, etc.
And for the vast majority of American Catholics there is no good reason not to attend Mass every single day. There is no good reason one can’t attend 6:45 am Mass or drive 20 miles to the nearest church. We may not be canonically obligated to, but we should attend Mass every day.