Several weeks ago I had knee replacement surgery. While I was able to attend Mass during that time thanks to live broadcasting from St Jude, but there is nothing like being in the house of God and the beauty of my church, St. Patrick’s.
Vatican II emphasized that the Mass is the “summit” toward which all our activities point and it is the “source” from which all our blessings flow. The Mass is the Lord giving Himself to us in His Word and in His Real Presence, and calling forth our self-giving in return. Going to Mass allows us to meet Christ within His community and to be with others whose faith makes a difference. This enables us to make the lived Presence of Christ – going forth and doing God’s work in the world – the central element of our lives.