Do I Have To Go?
I'm exhausted! Why do I have to get up to go to Mass? Can somebody PLEASE tell me why?
Yep, and that somebody was Moses in the first reading today. (Deut. 26:4-10) He pretty much said, "Let's remember how God saves. Let's remember God's mercy—and let's be thankful."
Moses shows us that when we DEPEND on God we give Him thanks, we go to Him for forgiveness, we bring our petitions before Him, and we praise Him. Sound familiar? It's the Mass. When we don't DEPEND on God, we turn to power, glory, fame and riches to fill that void. Sound familiar? It's the excuses that cause us to remain "asleep" in our faith.
Moses taught the Israelites and he teaches us today that our need for God flows from our brokenness and our thankfulness .
This Lent, take 5 minutes before Mass to review why you are thankful, to think of what you need forgiveness for and assistance with, and to offer your praise to God.