Just wanted to think out loud a little about a comment I made earlier. It seems like no matter how bad your day might be or no matter what might be getting you down, going to the Mass always lifts me up. I would say that this is probably true of all forms of worship, but sadly I know better. I can remember times when it was a burden to drag myself to certain services because of fighting, the lack of a good message, the relative unimportance I placed on hearing a 90 minute sermon with versus 2 minutes of the important "The Lord's Supper". Please note here that I am not saying this is the case in every other type of worship besides Catholic. I know that out there people take a lot out of various types of worship, and all types of honest worship are in some sense good.
As I stated earlier, I am a fan of short homilies (sermons). I love how Catholics keep them relatively short because it helps focus my mind on the two important parts of the Mass (the way it is divided) - the Liturgy of the Word (3 Bible readings, usually one Old Testament, one New Testament, and the most important - The Gospel!) and the Liturgy of the Eucharist (where we make the Eucharistic Sacrifice and consume Christ's body and blood!).
The wonderful thing about this mass is that within about 3 years (if you go to daily mass, at least) you will hear the entire Bible. You hear all of one gospel every year (Matthew, Mark, or Luke) and also parts of John during each year.
Since it is a liturgical form of worship, there are strict rules on the worship that help to maintain at least basic consistency from time to time, to focus our minds on the most important things (The Holy Trinity, and especially Christ).
I'm absolutely beaming each time I leave!
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