Mass is Boring

Incredibly, it’s August again. 

Some folks take the summer off from God. For the Lord, August is “Welcome Back” time. He’s been waiting and anxious to become a part of your life again. Check out Luke 15:20.

Coming back to Mass after a summer of freedom, sleeping in, and “doing my own thing” often generates some resistance.

Mass is boring. This implies that church is supposed to be entertaining. Some Christians may think this, but the Bible doesn’t say so. Our worship is a way for God to touch us, nourish us, and even heal us. The Creator invites us come to church on Sunday with a critical question in mind: “What is God going to say to me today?” He ALWAYS has a message in the Scriptures, the homily, the prayers, even the hymns. There is always a word of love or support, wisdom or comfort for EVERYONE who comes. Even those who do not want to be there.

Mass is boring. Have you ever gone grocery shopping when you’re hungry? Those aisles of food are actually pretty exciting as you imagine all those goodies becoming a part of your next meal when you arrive home, or your next snack when you return to your car. Come to church with your needs, desires, and issues in the forefront of your consciousness. Tell God what you want and need. Talk to him about the people you love, the issues in your life, your worries, and concerns. If you’re not bringing your needs to God, you’re telling him, “No, thanks, Lord. I’ve got it handled on my own.” How is that working for you?

Mass is boring. I can’t understand the words, the sound system is poor, there’s a baby crying, the priest doesn’t speak with an American accent. The Scripture readings, the prayers, the parts of the Mass are all available to anyone who wants to access them. They can be found in books called Missals. They can be found on Apps or online. If you have difficulty listening, then come to church having read the readings or bring them with you.

Mass is boring. The big “Ultimate” here is that Jesus is giving us his Body and Blood. There’s no place else to receive the Eucharist. And Jesus told us to do this. He never made it optional. Amazingly, he never said to read the Bible, have good music, or pray the sinner’s prayer, although those are all good and important things. He did say to “do this in memory of me” (I Corinthians 11:24-5). 

Ask God to stir up his Spirit and yours before you come to Mass. He’s anxious to prove that worshipping him really isn’t boring at all.