We who walk in the desert of violence, wars, and changes that bewilder and confuse us need an oasis in which to rest and renew ourselves. Mass is the oasis to which the Good Samaritan brings us each day. Every day Christ invites us to the oasis of his heart to be refreshed there by the Wine of his compassion and love.
Love is not an emotion and not a state. It is a Person — it is God himself. He is the food I receive in the Eucharistic Sacrifice. I need him daily because I am a sinner and weak.
True, I am a saved sinner; but one who realizes only too well the words of Christ, “Without me, you can do nothing.” (Jn 15:5) I need him, the living Bread, to love through me.
I need to participate in the daily Sacrifice of the Mass because I am in love with God. I am in love with Jesus Christ. My soul seeks union with God. It cannot rest until it finds him.
Mass is a rendezvous with Christ. Passionately in love with my God, I become one with him at the Eucharistic table.
Daily Mass is a plunging into the inexplicable, incredible mystery of love. It is a reality more real than the air I breathe, than the life I live throughout the day.
What can I bring to the world but him who has given himself to me?
~ A meditation by Catherine De Hueck Doherty
My lover belongs to me and I to him…
~ Sg 2:16