Something that I have been thinking about a lot lately is the desire that people have to be entertained when it comes to Mass and religion. I hear my roommate, my family, and even my home parish youth minister say how Mass is boring. But the thing is, we don’t go to Mass to be entertained. We don’t go to be babysat. We go to worship the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings. Our Savior. The guy who died on a Cross for our sins so we didn’t have to and we go to pray for the world, not just ourselves. Have you ever really thought about Mass and how we are praying the entire time? We pray for an hour straight! How cool!! So it doesn’t make sense when people who claim to know Christ and say they pray a lot and have their Bibles all written on, looking used, and say that Mass is boring! Are they saying that praying is boring when they already claim to do it so often? Are they saying that hanging out with Jesus and worshiping Him is boring? It doesn’t make sense to me.
Another aspect I have been thinking about is the need people have to feel something every time they worship or pray. I have some friends who prefer going to nondenominational services rather than Mass because they feel something there. Yes, feeling the presence of Christ is indescribably amazing and desirable but it shouldn’t be the reason why we pray or listen to Christian music or do anything Christ related. Our reason for praying is to know Christ for who He is, not using Him to feel good and to have stories to tell. When we have a strong focus on the feeling aspect of prayer, we lose the the true meaning of faith. In Hebrews 11:1, faith is defined as the, “assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen,” (NASB). Things not seen. If we focus on the trying to find feeling then the faith lessens. For example, if all I do while praying a Rosary is focus on whether I feel something miraculous happening or not, my faith in that rosary lessens because I generally “don’t feel anything”. Same goes with Mass and the Eucharist. We believe that it is truly Jesus Christ, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity because of faith (and of course some Miracles that happened but still…mainly through faith). If I depended on feeling something after receiving the Eucharist week after week, I would have started doubting by now.
All in all, Mass and praying should not be about entertainment and finding a miraculous feeling. We should be praying and going to Mass to be in union with God and His angels and saints. I ask you to reflect upon yourself and look to see what your motives are when it comes to Mass and prayer. If you do find yourself thinking Mass is boring and such, find ways to fix that like researching the history of the Mass. Find ways to deepen your relationship with Christ so you can see the real reason to Mass and prayer. 🙂
May God bless all of you!