On the Easter weekend 2,226 people attended one of the beautiful Easter masses. On the following weekend 952 people attended mass at our parish which is just a little below our average weekend attendance. I have always wondered how different things would be if those who attended mass on the special holidays in the church year would attend mass weekly. I am very glad that people still feel connected to church enough to want to attend on those special days but how can we make that jump to making it important enough to attend weekly.
We gather each week around the Table of the Lord to celebrate the astounding events that happened on that first Easter all those years ago. Each Sunday we strengthen our faith through reading the scriptures together and through the sharing of Christ’s body and blood as he so clearly told us to do. It is in this way that we grow closer to one another as a community of faith and ultimately closer to our loving God and the strength to live that faith through the coming week.
It is important that we understand that Sunday Mass is not some merely weekly spiritual routine we carry out. The Eucharist is the very source of our life as a Christian. It is our weekly celebration of the Resurrection and the very reason for calling ourselves Christians.
There is a great value in regularity and routine, especially in matters of faith. When we allow the pressure of all our other activities to encroach on our Sunday Mass attendance, it is easy to let things slip. Weekly becomes a couple of times a month, a couple of times a month becomes monthly, and monthly all too soon become annually – and eventually annually will not happen.
Our churches are not museums where we go once a year to visit but they are living communities of faith where God’s great love for us is made known in the victory Christ won for us – a victory over sin and death. In our humanness we need a weekly reminder of that great love God has for us.
So let us continue to enjoy this great feast of Easter when we commemorate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Let us praise God and thank Him in our daily prayer but most importantly by attending the Eucharist.