Simple Truth – Sunday Mass; a rhyme or a reason?

Simple Truth – Sunday Mass; a rhyme or a reason?

The simple truth is that the attendance at Sunday mass in the city of Mumbai is greatly diminishing and I dare say that thirty per cent and more do not attend Sunday mass. Look around you during a Sunday mass and you will notice that a large majority of the youth and young adults are simply not in Church.  Sixty five per cent of India is below the age of 35 and most of them are missing in our Church.

But I write not merely to state what has now become the unaccepted obvious but to throw a spanner in the works of those who do attend Sunday mass. I question (with love) the motivation of the ‘attending faithful’. Do they, I ask myself, attend mass for a rhyme or for a reason?

If our motivation for attending mass is a particular homilist, a particular Church setting or a wonderful choir or cantor then it’s a rhyme that draws us to Church on Sunday. The consequences of such a ‘rhyme’ is manifested in the criticism we hear so often; bad homily, terrible singing, dusty Church. Unfortunately this has become the swan song of the growing number of lapsed Catholics and of the Sunday faithful.

Make no mistake, I have never defended an unprepared homilist but to expect every priest to be JFK or a Winston Churchill is asking a bit too much. It is the content that needs to touch our hearts and not the diction or delivery.  You can’t get a lesson unless you are ready to listen and my guess is that most congregants tune off as soon as they see the celebrant.

So it can’t be for a rhyme that we attend Sunday mass but for a reason and that reason is Christ. We come to Sunday mass to order our lives according to the will of God. We don’t gather to tell him what our needs are or to complain about our situation, we gather to listen to what He has planned for us. When you submit yourself to God’s way you experience God’s will. That is when your Sunday mass comes alive and then you need no rhyme for you have a reason.

Fr Warner D’Souza

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One thought on “Simple Truth – Sunday Mass; a rhyme or a reason?”

  • So beautifully said and explained, sometimes I read about the early christians how they long for mass, how the saints gave up their lives making Christ their all, what comes to mind is St Agnes.
    Mass which consolidate all levels of our lives from repentance to Peace.
    Thank you Father


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