Daily mass is the same, yet totally different than Sunday mass. I can’t always go, that crazy thing called work, earning your daily bread, keeps getting in the way of going daily, but I go whenever I can. It always gives me a good outlook and a great start to the day. The little things don’t bother you much when you had an opportunity to share the body and blood of Jesus. It has helped me more fully appreciate the gift we are given as Catholics, of the Eucharist.
Anyway, I’m getting way off the subject I started with. Daily mass. We have a retired priest who says mass sometimes at our church. He has a lot of experiences and after the readings, he comes down and sits by the 10 or 12 that make it to daily mass and gives a personal message, shares a story, talks about his trips or just answers some of our questions. It’s very personal and makes you just sit there sometimes and just say “Wow”, I never thought of it like that before. After he had talked about the reading, he said “Never forget that you are a child of God. God loves you the same as everyone else. With his full never ending love. Great saint, great sinner. God loves you the same.” One of the ladies asked, “But what about the saints? Don’t they have a special place in heaven?” “No. They are the same as you and me. God loves them. They are great examples of what we need to do, here on earth. God loves them, what could be more special than that.”
Sometimes I think we forget that. “You are a child of God.” We let our sins, our weakness, our failings make it seem like we’re not good enough. Our sins are too big, we can’t just be forgiven as easily as some. Or maybe the other way, we do a lot of good, help others, give more than our fair share, or we suffer more, have bigger problems than the regular guy. Makes us think that we’re better, deserve more than some others who do less. God loves us just the same, not our sins, but us.
So as we go through our day, our trails, our tribulations and our triumphs, be humble, thankful and remember “You are a child of God.” What else matters?
Have a great day. May God bless and protect you, George