1. Give a Little, Get a Lot
When you put God first, everything else falls into place. Jesus promised, “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well” (Matthew 6:33). Come to Mass, be part of his kingdom by living out the covenant to give to the Lord the first and best part of your week so that he can then transform the rest of your week, as Jesus says, “He who loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 16:25).
2. It Is the Right Thing to Do
God has blessed you in many ways: given you life, a beautiful world, family, the ability to think and feel. It is only right and just to show your gratefulness through outward and public worship, offering up to the Lord your very best, the first part of your week. You are doing what is right and just. God said “remember the sabbath to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8). Concerning attending Mass Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19). Attendance of Mass is the renewal of the covenant, the outward expression of being part of the people of God. To knowingly and freely reject this practice is to exclude yourself from God and his family.
3. You are Part of the Family!
The reason Jesus came to this earth was to heal division. He came not only to restore your relationship with God the Father, but also to bring reconciliation within the human family. This is why Jesus prayed that all of us would be one (John 17:21) and he commanded that we love one another (13:34). The Mass is the family gathering that not only strengthens you spiritually, but strengthens the familial bonds within Christ’s family. The unity of the body of Christ is stronger than the worldly divisions that seek to separate. Come and be with your family.
4. To be Freed of Guilt by Having your Sins Forgiven
It is a great feeling to be able to stand before God having received his forgiveness and mercy. The authority to forgive sins is one of the great gifts that Christ left to his Church (John 20:23). Receiving the Holy Eucharist forgives venial (small) sins. For mortal (grave or serious) sins Confession is normally available at each Sunday. Getting things right with God is the key to putting your life on a rock solid foundation.
5. You Get to Receive Communion, which brings Strength and Healing!
Jesus said “I have come that they might have life and to have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). In receiving communion, you are strengthened and nourished, you are united with Christ. Jesus said “Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood you will have no part in me” (John 6:53). Receiving the Eucharist is how your relationship with the Lord is renewed and strengthened each week.
6. It is Part of Your Job as a Priest … didn’t know you were a priest?
When you were baptized, you were baptized into the priesthood of Jesus Christ. Though you are not part of the ordained priesthood, you are part of the common priesthood (1 Peter 2:9). As a priest, a big part of your job is joining with the priestly community in offering up the Sacrifice of the Mass in prayer for the world (2 Timothy 2:1). God has designed the world such that your prayers matter and the most powerful prayer of all is the Mass.