Why bother going to Mass at all when we can worship God anywhere?
Participation in the salvation of the world.
The most important reason for participating in the Eucharist is that God has invited us to share in the experience of the world’s salvation in the death and resurrection of the Lord every time we celebrate. We are invited to participate in God’s redeeming act each time we participate in the Eucharist and thereby commit ourselves to working for God’s reign.
Hearing the Scriptures communally.
The Bible is the word of God, but let’s face it, individualistic and idiosyncratic readings of the Bible have led to some pretty wacky and even destructive interpretations. We need to experience the Scriptures both alone and in community. This is what Christians mean by tradition: the way we have learned throughout history as a Church to interpret the Scriptures together. Hearing the Scriptures in community is a way of deepening as well as safeguarding our experience of God’s communication with us.
Companionship with Christ.
If I believe that Christ is the savior of the world, God incarnate, who has given his very self for me, then I want to share in the most intimate experience of selfgiving—holy Communion—and I also want to recognize him in the brothers and sisters with whom I am sharing the act of self-giving.
In any case, the Mass may not always be a deeply emotional experience, but it is always an experience of the Lord giving himself to us in his word and his sacramental presence and calling forth our self-giving in return.
What is Eucharist?
The Eucharist is the center and high point of the Church’s whole sacramental life, and the goal of Christian initiation.
The bread and wine presented as gifts at the altar are turned into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The true presence of Our Lord is before us to behold and to venerate and to gaze upon and love.
In the eucharist all three Persons of the Holy Trinity are involved in our Eucharist. And as the Body of Christ the Church is involved as well. We often forget that the ultimate purpose of the Eucharist is not only the transformation of the bread and wine into the true Body and Blood of the Lord but also our transformation into his one Body, the Church.
"O sacred banquet! in which Christ is received, the memory of his Passion is renewed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory to us is given. Alleluia "
Antiphon for the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ
Why go to the mass?
This sacrament is the heart and soul of our Church. The Eucharist feeds us, giving us strength to serve the church, to be in communion with God and each other, and to make our world a more caring and loving place.
Through the Eucharist, one is invited to live the Paschal Mystery (death and resurrection of Christ).
The Eucharist sustains us on our journey through life, and we are encouraged to participate as often as possible.