The Mass

The highest prayer of the Church is the Eucharist, the Sacrifice of the Mass, where Jesus Christ offers perfect praise to His Father.  When we participate in the Eucharist, we are drawn into the Paschal Mystery of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, and we join Christ in offering our lives, “through him, with him and in him,” to the Father.  We then receive Christ back as our food in Holy Communion, which unites us more fully to Him as members of His Body.

It goes without saying that participating in the Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation is important for discernment, since it is a law of the Church.  But for those who are earnestly seeking God’s will, participating in daily Mass even once a week is a great help.  Daily Mass is usually quieter than Sunday Mass, so it can provide a great, reflective environment for discernment.  And receiving the Eucharist more regularly is a wonderful way to grow in loving union with the Lord Jesus.

A great way to prepare for Mass is to read and reflect on the readings before and after Mass. Luckily, all of the readings can be found online.

To find where Mass is celebrated near you, visit MassTimes.org