Never Go to Mass Empty Hearted, Empty-Handed

holy_massWe have the tendency to go to mass empty-handed–or rather, empty-hearted. How?

As Catholics, it is our spiritual obligation to attend mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation.  But probably, it has become so routine for us that it has become just that–obligatory.  We do the sign of the cross, make the responses, fall in line for holy communion, do the prayers–then it’s done.  Our “job” is done for the week.  We have better excitement watching a movie.

But going to mass should be more than that.  We should always have that anxiety of meeting Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  People have seem to lost that belief.  We must always have that intensity of finding Jesus in the mass, especially at the consecration when the host and chalice are raised.  In an apparition by the Blessed Virgin, she has requested people to offer prayers at the moment of consecration.  It is at this moment that our Guardian Angels offer to Jesus all our prayers and intentions.

Isn’t that beautiful?  Our guardian angel carries our prayers and intentions.  So whatever is our prayer and intention it goes straight up to Jesus, STRAIGHT UP.  So we should always have our attention focused on the main celebrant.

Bring with you intentions of your friends, for healing, for supplication, whatever.  Are they sick or in despair?  Are they people who terminally ill?  Do you have problems that need guidance?  Bring these at the foot our Lord during the Holy Eucharist.  He appreciates those that bring with them their hearts and good intentions.

Let me just replicate what the Virgin of Guadalupe said to St. Juan Diego:

Do not be distressed, my littlest son. Am I not here with you who am your Mother?

A blessed week to everyone.


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