We all receive many invitations over the course of a year and some of them we look at and want to go, some we may not. I am willing to bet that we do ask ourselves some of the same questions each time: who else is going, is it a good idea if I go, do I have time to attend, and what are they serving to eat. Of course what also is considered is what we should wear.
In today’s Gospel an invitation is given to each one of us. It reads something like this: I would like you to come and celebrate life with me. I was born for every one of you in the most modest place. My life on earth was to show you how to live and interact with one another. My death was for each one of you to free you from sin and my resurrection was intended to offer you eternal life. Please come and celebrate the most precious of meals with me at least each Sunday.
So, this invitation arrives every day. How excited do we get?
Do we ask who else is going? The people who God wants in our life. Is it a good idea to go? It is the best way to spend the time you have every Sunday. Do I have time to attend? The real question is you cannot afford not to go.
Then the question, what to wear?
Most important is to be yourself, for this time is to be spent so God can help mold you into the person you need to be.
The obvious issue here is the level of excitement for attending Mass and our interaction should be by far the highlight of our week.
A young man was wracking his brain trying to figure out how to motivate his youth group. He is up at 2:00AM and decides to go to the diner to think. While he is there a group of homeless men come in and order coffee. One man says it is his birthday the next day. The young man thinks and decides to bring his youth group there and have a party for the man. They do just that and the youth group has a wonderful time. When the party is complete, the man who owns the diner tells the young man what a nice thing he did. He asks him if he belongs to a church.
He tells him that he does, and that this was a glimpse into the wonders of that church because of the celebration held there every week. The people are great, the atmosphere is awesome, you walk out well fed with richness of life and food that is literally out of this world.
He instructs the man to come by and just bring himself, God will take care of the rest.
Come one, come all and most importantly come often and filled with joy.
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