Daily Archives: September 6, 2019

7 September, Saturday – Sunday Mass – obligation or opportunity?

7 Sept 2019


Colossians 1:21-23

Not long ago, you were foreigners and enemies, in the way that you used to think and the evil things that you did; but now he has reconciled you, by his death and in that mortal body. Now you are able to appear before him holy, pure and blameless – as long as you persevere and stand firm on the solid base of the faith, never letting yourselves drift away from the hope promised by the Good News, which you have heard, which has been preached to the whole human race, and of which I, Paul, have become the servant.


Luke 6:1-5

One sabbath Jesus happened to be taking a walk through the cornfields, and his disciples were picking ears of corn, rubbing them in their hands and eating them. Some of the Pharisees said, ‘Why are you doing something that is forbidden on the sabbath day?’ Jesus answered them, ‘So you have not read what David did when he and his followers were hungry how he went into the house of God, took the loaves of offering and ate them and gave them to his followers, loaves which only the priests are allowed to eat?’ And he said to them, ‘The Son of Man is master of the sabbath.’


The Son of Man is master of the Sabbath

Have you ever asked yourself why you attend Sunday Mass? Do you see it as an obligation so as not to violate the third commandment? Or do you see it as a weekly opportunity to spend time with the Lord and grow with him?

In the past, I used to go for Sunday Mass because I saw it as an obligation to not only avoid sinning the third commandment, but also to spend time with my family.

However, after a crisis I recently went through, I started enjoying my weekly trip to the Sunday Mass. No matter how grumpy, angry or frustrated I was when I enter into the Lord’s house, my negative emotions never fail to dissipate by the end of the Mass. Perhaps it could be because of my favourite reading or song. But I know that deep in my heart, my soul longs to encounter Jesus and Mother Mary after a long week of studying. My heart brightens up when I encounter the Lord in His delightful presence, even more so when I spend 15 minutes after Mass in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

Sometimes, it may be difficult for us to enjoy the meaning of the Mass when our weekends are replete with parties, drinking and other fun outings. We may feel that Mass is boring. However, if we change our perspective by seeing the Mass as just one hour to spend time with the Lord and spiritually recharge ourselves, we may begin to see that our mere acts of attending the Mass and spending time in front of the Blessed Sacrament fill us more completely and wholly than any other activity.

So, let us try to spend more time with the Lord from this Sunday’s Mass onward before it is too late.

(Today’s Oxygen by Brenda Khoo)

Prayer: Dear Lord, please open up our mind and heart to see and hear our soul’s longing to meet you during Sunday Mass. Amen.

Thanksgiving: Dear Lord, thank you for giving us the Sabbath so that we can spend time with you and only you, no matter how busy our lifestyle is. Amen.