When we lived in Alabama, we were extraordinarily blessed to attend a parish that offered not one opportunity to attend daily Mass, but two. My husband worked across the street from the parish, so we regularly attended as a family, both during our homeschooling season and when the children were at a parish school.
It. was. awesome.
We were so incredibly fed – and healed – during this season of near-daily Mass attendance. Hearing the Word of God every day? Receiving His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity every single day? There’s just nothing, nothing in the universe like it.
Now that we’re back in Oregon, we’re in a different season. We are lucky if we make it to one extra Mass a week. But I am so grateful when we do.
Today was one of those days.
And it didn’t take long for me to feel God’s presence even as I attempted to keep the little people from climbing all over the pew. As the familiar verses from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans washed over me, I got misty-eyed:
“Brothers and sisters:
If God is for us, who can be against us?
He did not spare his own Son
but handed him over for us all,
how will he not also give us everything else along with him?
Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones?
It is God who acquits us.
Who will condemn?
It is Christ Jesus who died, rather, was raised,
who also is at the right hand of God,
who indeed intercedes for us.
What will separate us from the love of Christ?
Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?
As it is written:
For your sake we are being slain all the day;
we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.
No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly
through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities,
nor present things, nor future things,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
So, what can separate us from the love of God, my friends? Nothing. Nothing.
And that is something to be eternally joyful about. I’d bet my life on it. Today’s recommendation: attend daily Mass if and when you have the opportunity. It will change your life.
Until tomorrow, God bless y’all!