[WARNING: People who don’t care about MY OPINION should skip the next of the paragraph and continue reading the post. It won’t bother me a bit which is why I rarely offer my opinions about anything. Anyway…….I often cringe when I hear of priests at Easter and Christmas making sarcastic comments about and to Catholics who come to church little more than twice a year. Sarcasm is not a successful strategy to entice lapsed or Christmas and Easter Catholics back into the fold. If anything, it makes Weekly Catholics feel smug about themselves and helps those to whom the sarcasm is directed to justify their highly sporadic attendance. Here Michael Seagriff takes a more positive approachon the issue. It is one that has a much better chance of succeeding than sarcasm.]
How Great It Was To See You
I am always here –
24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year –
waiting for you. But generally I am alone, abandoned and ignored.
So when I looked out from behind the closed doors
[last evening or] this morning
I was overjoyed to see you-so many of you.
While there were many familiar faces among those filling the pews,
there were a good number whom I have not seen in some time.
If you only knew the joy I experience when you come!
I take delight in all My people, but I experience a special joy
when those who stay away come to be with Me.
I have so much to give each of you!
How I hunger for your presence here every Sunday.
How I want to be one with you and fill you will My graces.
How I want to give you the spiritual nourishment you need
to withstand the weekly onslaught and temptations that surround you.
I offer you My Word and most especially My Body, Blood Soul and Divinity!
But if you have not been coming to Sunday Mass,
if you have intentionally ignored or disobeyed My commandments,
if you have unconfessed mortal sin on your soul,
then there is something you must first do before approaching Me at the altar
if you are to eternally benefit from Holy Communion.
See that little box, that little room off to the side or in the back of the Church?
At least once a week, I sit there in the person of my priest, waiting for you
to come, to humble yourself, to acknowledge your sinfulness,
to ask for my forgiveness and to resolve to sin no more.
My mercy is yours for the asking!
It really isn’t that difficult.
I already know where you have failed Me, yourself and others.
There is nothing You could ever tell My priest that he has not heard
or that I have not forgiven through him countless times before.
Truth be told, fewer come to see Me in the confessional each week
than visit me in my locked tabernacles!
Pride caused your first parents to disobey me and
the same pride keeps so many of you away from Me!
Swallow your pride! Humble yourself.
Come to this place of forgiveness, healing and mercy – the source of new life.
I can not shower you with the graces I have for you in Holy Communion unless you do so.
I am sure you can understand then
why your absence from Sunday Mass and the confessional saddens Me so!
There is rarely any valid reason for you to miss Sunday Mass,
or for you to approach Me in the Blessed Sacrament unworthily.
I love you! I will always love you!
I can only offer you eternal life. You must choose it!
So please come back to Mass and confession.
I can hardly wait to see you again.
[Mike Seagriff is a Lay Dominican, husband, father, grandfather, attorney and former Administrative Law Judge. Mike is the author of Forgotten Truths To Set Faith Afire! – Words to Challenge, Inspire and Instruct. Visit his blog at Harvesting the Fruits of Contemplation.]
[ SOURCE: http://catholiclane.com/how-great-it-was-to-see-you-today/]
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