is worth reminding everybody of from time to time: Sacraments are important because they are tangible ways that Jesus is able to share his Love with us (even as he heals, nourishes, forgives, strengthens and welcomes us).
The boys and their families agreed that when something is important, it deserves your time and attention. You wouldn’t want to take a test at school, without first having learned the information that was going to be on it. You wouldn’t only attend the hockey games that your team is in, you need to go to practice and learn how to play and how to work with your teammates. You wouldn’t just visit your Grandmother on Christmas Day in order to get a present, you spend time with her regularly because it’s the relationship that is important – not what you get out of it.
For Catholics, the same rings true. It is the relationship that is important: the relationship that each one of us has with Jesus. That relationship deserves our time and attention: prayer, participation in the sacraments, involvement with and service to others in our parish community (and beyond), and attending Mass regularly.
We’ve used this analogy in the past: what would be the point of learning to use a car and getting your license if you did not intend to drive once you passed the test? Similarly, there is no point in going through the motions of preparing for and receiving these sacramental ‘firsts’ (Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist) if you do not intend to use them to deepen your relationship with Jesus. Sacraments are not rites of passage, they are the passageway for life.
In our busy lives, it’s easy to forget to put in the energy required to maintain a relationship with Jesus. Our calendars are so full, most of us struggle just to get through each day. One thing that might help, put Mass on your calendar each week, every week! Look at what you have going on and figure out which Mass will work for you. There are many to choose from on Saturday evening or Sunday morning at St Francis and St Catherine’s. And if those don’t work, there are churches in the area that have Mass on Sunday nights! Make it a priority for your whole family. There’s no use of teaching our kids about our faith and having them get their sacraments if they do not plan on maintaining a relationship with Jesus. There is no greater gift that our children could receive than a relationship with God.
Have a super week!