A few times a year I join my Christian friend at her local church. She’s a non-denominational Christian; I’m Catholic. (And NO—I’m not thinking of converting or leaving the Catholic faith and I couldn’t be persuaded to do so.) She invites me to join her on occasion, and I simply enjoy my time spent with her and her family and friends. The people are extremely friendly, the shows are always great (I’ve been to the Christmas show as well as two Super Bowl shows), and the preaching is good. In fact, the last time I was there, I found myself nodding in agreement with the point the pastor was making.
I always leave smiling to myself, thinking…That was great, and I love our Christian brothers and sisters…but I need the Eucharist. Nothing fills my spiritual hunger and gives me the strength I need to face each week like our Catholic Mass and the Eucharist. I crave the solemn reverence and the deep, familiar rituals of our faith; I am in awe of the fact that at every Mass, which is often described as “heaven on earth,” we worship with the angels and saints; and I am truly humbled by the knowledge that when we receive the Eucharist, we receive the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ.
St. Maximilian Kolbe says it best with his famous quote: “If angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion.” How beautiful is that?
What a gift our faith is. If you haven’t been to Mass in awhile, there is no better time than the present to return. If you know someone who is interested in our faith, invite them to join you at Mass, or to attend a church gathering or function. In fact, maybe my friend could join me sometime! And no, my church doesn’t have the same lights, special effects, and mega sound system that hers does (no Catholic church does), but in subtle ways, it offers more than anything on earth—and all that we really need.
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