The very first Christians took Sunday, above all other days, to assemble, to pray, to read the Scriptures and to break bread. From that time until today, this celebration, that Catholics call the Eucharist, has continued. In our own time, we can find Catholic communities moved by the Holy Spirit, coming together to celebrate the Eucharist.
Coming together in faith gives members of the Church the opportunity to worship God, to provide for those who are in need; to comfort those who are suffering and to encourage those who are weighed down by life’s challenges and difficulties.
In the First Letter to the Corinthians, Saint Paul used the image of the body of Christ when he spoke about the Church. He said, “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Cor 12:27)
Each member of the Church is like a different part of the body while Jesus is the head. For the body to function all of the parts need to come together under Christ. It is a great image because it reminds us that while each person is equal not everyone is the same. In Jesus Christ there is unity in diversity.
While each Catholic finds their place and purpose in the Mass they do not do so in isolation. Partaking in the communal celebration of the Eucharist is a witness of belonging to the body of Christ and of being faithful to God.
Mass is a time to give thanks to God for all that has happened in our lives and it is a time to call out to God, asking for help in all the things that are about to happen in our lives.
It is a time for the believer to see God’s love present in the world in many ways, but most especially in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
The celebration of the Mass reminds us that God is the centre of our lives and by giving God just 1hr of our weekend we can encourage and foster a more peaceful and Christ-centred life for our families and ourselves.
St Patrick’s, Beechwood – 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month 9:30am
St Peter’s, Long Flat – 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month 9:30am