Why if I told you there is a place you can go to and I will guarantee you that God the Holy Spirit would be there. Why if told you that you could be in God’s presence every day and be able to honor him, thank him for what he has given you or to ask him for assistance with something. Come to our Catholic Holy Mass. You can experience his presence there each time you attend. Allow me to explain.
During our Catholic Holy Mass, we follow a custom used for over 2000 years. We follow formal procedures set up by Jesus’s Apostles. He showed them what to do. Then during the early Christian years, they were led by the Holy Spirit which revealed many things to them and which allowed them to understand how Jesus wanted his Church, the new Covent, to be setup.
Before Jesus was taken into heaven he said to the Apostles, I will be with you until the end of time. So you ask, “How can he be with us if he was taken up to Heaven and is now up there and not down here on earth”? Good question. I’m glad you asked. Well you see my friends during our Holy Catholic Mass after many prayers and Hymns a great thing happens on the Altar in front of the congregation. The bread and wine we offer to God become the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. So of course, where his body is his Soul is there as well. Yes, Jesus is there just like he said he would be. He is with us until the end of time. He does this through the Holy Mass.
What a wonderful feeling it is when you come to Church knowing God is going to manifest his presence there. Even better to know he is going to become a part of you during communion. I think that we experience Heaven here on earth during that moment when Jesus our Lord and Savior is with us in the consecrated bread and wine which has become the Eucharist. We should all be giving a standing ovation at that moment. But no we kneel during that part of the Mass. Hey its God up there. We must do homage to him. It is only natural and proper to honor him that way. Bread and wine made by human hands seems like a pretty humble appearance huh. Well not if you recognize the symbolism that bread gives us life and Jesus gives us everlasting life.
Sunday service to me is not about having to be entertained with fancy music and loud singing. It is also not about hearing someone with a gifted tongue offering advice on how to live or act to be happy. For me it is about knowing that Jesus is going to be there at Church. He is doing what he said he was going to do and that is to be with us until the end of time. Sure enough during Mass in the Eucharist there he is again every time. He comes to us looking like Bread and Wine but at the last supper with the Apostles he did say the bread is his body and the wine his blood, so that is how he appears to us. He will be with us in the Eucharist until the end of time. It is all written in the Bible so that we may believe and be saved. Try reading it. I recommend “The Catholic Living Bible” it is easier to read.
God wants to be in your life. Come to Mass. Allow him to communicate with you. Just by making the effort of coming to Church you open the door of your heart to let God in.
Peace and Love to you all,
Joe M. Govea, a devout Catholic whose duty is to evangelize