...is that the Mass is a family meal.
How would Granny take it if you missed dinner at her house because you
were sleeping in or there was a football game? What if she offered four
meals that weekend and she only expected you to make it to one of them?
What if Granny also happened to be the creator of the entire universe and offered you eternal life for swinging by for an hour?
Looking at the Mass as a family meal helps explain so much of what
Catholics believe about it (as we saw yesterday). As baptized
Christians we’re part of a family and that family gathers weekly for a
meal. Missing family get-togethers is a big deal in most families (even
when everyone pretends it’s not) and it’s no different in our Christian
Some folks say they can “go to church at home” but
who honestly thinks eating a microwave dinner all alone is comparable to
gathering with your entire world-wide family to feast? What parent
wants to have dinner separately with all their children and never gather
together as a family? Sure, one-on-one time with the kids is great;
that’s called daily prayer. But every parent wants to pull the whole
family together sometimes and that’s what God wants with us, too.
This is yet another reason Catholics are obligated to get to Mass on Sundays.