Friday, 01 February 2019 07:12

Is It a Sin to Miss Sunday Mass?

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In order to answer this question well, we must remember the importance of God and the faith in our lives. For our soul to be healthy we should have at least a basic knowledge of our faith. Yet sadly, in most cases, we cannot even remember the First Commandmentlet alone the 10 Commandments of the Law of God. This Commandment, the first, says “You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve (Mt 4:10). This is closely related to the Third Commandment: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Ex 20:8-10; cf. Deut 5:12-15).

In today’s worldwe have lost our awareness of what is sin and what is holy.Humanity is no longer interested in giving up their lives to go to thank and worship God. Everything revolves around obtaining pleasure and avoiding any kind of suffering, and this pushes us away from God.

When we voluntarily miss Sunday Mass, preferring some other activity, we commit a very grave sin, that is, a mortal sin. When we do not go to Sunday Mass because we would rather see a movie, play soccer, go to the beach for a walk or to a bar with friends, we are breaking the First and Third CommandmentsHow do we break the First Commandment? It’s as simple as this: by our actions we are letting others know that what is more important for us is a nice, cold beer instead of encountering the One that gives us the possibility of obtaining that beer.

As I said before, we are also breaking the Third Commandment.

Okay, but what does it mean to keep holy the Sabbath? The Church has established certain dates as a precept to praise and adore God. So, on these dates, we must participate physically in body, mind and soul to unite ourselves with the entire Church to honor, praise, and adore God at the Holy Mass.In addition to attending Mass, wemust also try to lovingly spend our day with our family and GodBut if we prefer to go shopping at the mall, or go to play, or watch a football game without going to the Eucharistic Celebration on any of these specified days, we fall into mortal sin because we voluntarily decide to not sanctify and dedicate a full day to the Lord. We choose to not keep the sabbath holy.

As we can see here, we are talking about two very serious faults, failures that separate us from the Grace of God, thereby breakingthe bond of communion with our Creator. By breaking that bond, we will be separated from the Lord which indicates that we are living in sin, apart from His GraceConsequently, when we return to Holy Mass, we will not be ready, prepared and able to receive the Lord in the Holy Eucharist without having first received the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

If we have broken either of these Commandments by arbitrarily missing a Holy Day of Obligation, be it Sunday or another Solemnity, we must go to Confession before receiving the Eucharist again. This means we must make a sincere examination of conscience. We also need to be truly repentant and have the serious intention of not falling into this sin again.Wemust not prefer the things of the world, that entertain us so much, to honoring and praising God on Sundays at Mass.In short, we cannot leave God, our Father and Creator, in second place.

After having these things clear, we must humbly go to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. There the Priest, by the power of Jesus Christ which he has received through the Church,forgives our sins and restores to us our Christian dignityNow, clothed with His Grace and Dignity, we will be able to approach the Altar freely and confidently to receive the Body and Blood of our beloved Lord, Jesus Christ.

So, let us think very carefully of where, in what, and in whom we have our highest priority. In friends, in sports, in the mall, at the beach, in sleep? Where is our top priority? Is God our top priority? Is it in Him to whom all our thoughts turn before anything, and is it He whom you want to please at all times?

Let us trust in the Lord and ask Him for the grace to always choose Him, love Him, and adore Him. May He always be in first place in our lives so that, by means of His Grace, we can receive all spiritual and material goods and all the graces that, in His infinite goodness, He have reserved for us.

May God, Saint Joseph, and the Blessed Virgin Mary bless and protect us. Amen.

¡LaudaturIesus Christus!