Mass and not miss anything. They
say they connect with God by pray-
ing in nature or going for a walk.
in one sense they are absolutely
right. All creation is filled with the
power of God, and we encounter
God in varied ways. But is that
enough? What happens when crisis
or tragedy strikes? in my experience
the first thing people do when they
receive bad news is grab their phone
or computer and reach out to other
if i am diagnosed with terminal
cancer and arrive at Mass in desper-
ate need of the community but you
aren’t there, i don’t get a chance to
receive your support and presence.
Then when you are in need, what if
i decide to go pray somewhere else
instead of being there for you? We
are members of a body, and if one
part suffers, we all suffer with it.
We are created for community, and
especially in tough times the faith
community prays for us and sustains
us in ways that no one else can.
nor is it simply personal. These
days the news reports are filled with
war and violence, scandal and bro-
ken trust, disasters and disease. How
are we to live justly in the midst
of so much injustice? How can we
preach forgiveness and reconcilia-
tion in a world where vengeance and
power are promoted as the way to
solve problems? We can only do it
Programs such as Alcoholics
Anonymous work because they are
group efforts in which people support and encourage one another.
When we gather at Mass we join
with others who are also trying to
live the gospel as faithful disciples.
As you look around the assembly,