You take the time to go to Mass and you leave feeling…nothing. You’re talking to someone who seems to know what’s going on at Mass and you tell them, “Mass is boring. I don’t really get anything out of it.”
I’ve heard this. What do you say to that? Keep going? Try harder? Put more into it? Well, yeah, actually.
I’ve gone to Mass my entire life. I can remember the day my Mom left me in the pew by myself for the first time to receive Communion. She reassured me she’d be back! I totally get that something done so repeatedly can get old. But maybe we’re expecting more from Mass than we should. If we expect to only get something and not give something during Mass we may be disappointed and disillusioned. People and priests are human and may or may not please everyone.
So what do we give?
Ourselves. Maybe you never heard this before, but we are gifts to each other. Maybe we should start looking at each other that way.
Our Preparation. The Mass readings are available online at http://www.usccb.org under “Daily Readings.” Read them and pray with them before Mass so that the Lord can speak to you.
Our Time. We could be anywhere else on any given Sunday but we choose to be at Mass. I kind of think God honors that, don’t you?
Our Attention. In the Spanish language instead of saying “pay” attention we say “give” attention. When my kids were little I had a hard time “giving” my attention at Mass. A spiritual director recommended that I quietly say all of the words the priest speaks, even moving my lips if it helped me keep focused. I still do that sometimes.
Our Response. Your voice is absolutely essential. Pray. Sing. Find a Mass with music that you like. I say that as a musician! There’s not anything more annoying to me than the wrong type of music and not much more inspiring than good music.
Finally, receive the Lord in Communion with an open and expectant heart. Trust Him to give you all you hope for. Please don’t give up!