A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
April 4, 2020
Strengthen Our Resolve
November 3, 2019
This week’s First Reading is taken from the Book of Wisdom (11.22-12.2) and it speaks to us of God’s goodness and mercy, of God as having created all and fashioned all out of love; for surely God would not have created anything he would despise. God spares all things that he has created and gives people the opportunity to repent, warning them against sin and encouraging them to change their ways and to believe in Him, the one who loves us.
Each week as we gather for the Eucharist we receive wise advice, the support of our brothers and sisters in faith and we are challenged in the homily to live according to the Word of God and the teaching of the Catholic Church. We, as God’s people, baptized into the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ need to hear these messages often. Left to ourselves, few of us take time to read and contemplate God’s Word during our week. And left to ourselves without the practice of being present to the Word of God and all that it offers, we will self destruct, we will succumb to sin.
The obligation of weekly attendance at Mass for all Catholics is the wisdom of the Church guiding us and supporting us in our efforts to become more like Christ.
We need to hear the Word of God proclaimed. We need to gather with our brothers and sisters to ask for forgiveness. We need to take time to sing praise to our God and to reconcile with one another, as in the sign of peace. Only then are we prepared to walk together to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus in the Eucharist.
The table we approach stands in our sanctuary as a symbol of the heavenly table around which we will gather as we enjoy eternity with God. Let us be mindful of that as we receive the gift of the Eucharist and let us pray that the presence of Jesus in us strengthens our commitment to fulfill our weekly obligation to attend Mass. Let us open our hearts to the love of God poured out in the Eucharist and let us be fed weekly with the real presence of Jesus with us in our receiving Holy Communion.
We are given ample opportunity to repent and turn away from sin, to be forgiven and to be blessed by the presence of Jesus with us. Let us pray with thankful hearts for the gift of the Eucharist and the opportunity to grow in love with our brothers and sisters in Christ as we worship our Lord together.
If you struggle to commit to weekly attendance, simply ask God in prayer to strengthen your resolve. In faith, your faith, you will be blessed for God never ceases to call you to Himself, and his arms are always open to receive you!