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Jul 15, 2019

3 Reasons We Go to Mass (According to a 9-Year-Old)

Colin MacIver

Why do we have to go to Mass? Why can’t we just pray at home or read the Bible on our own time?

In the midst of playing Mass, my 9-year-old son Leo gave three simple answers to this question. He delivered a “homily” that started with, “I know you don’t like coming to Mass, but … ” and then gave three (pretty good) reasons why we go to Mass.

He said:

  1. Going to Mass is just what we do.
  2. We get to receive Jesus.
  3. We love Jesus.

Going to Mass is a huge part of our obligation and privilege as Catholics, because the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. And, simply put, we love Jesus.

See Also: “Why Sunday Mass Is an Obligation”

Snippet from the Show

“The word ‘liturgy’ means ‘work’. Mass is the work of Christ first and foremost, but it’s also the joining of our works, and joys, and suffering, to that work of Christ.”


Meet Your Host

Colin MacIver, host of the Tightrope podcast, with his family

Colin is an enthusiastic transplant to vibrant Louisiana, where he lives with his beautiful wife Aimee and two energetic children, Leo and Zélie. His juggling act involves being a husband, a dad, a teacher, a youth minister, a musician and a national Ascension content creator and trainer.

In his spare time, he eats too many crawfish, savors king cake, plays one-on-one kickball with his son, and tries, for the life of him, to properly load the dishwasher.

Check out Colin’s latest work with Ascension:  Power and Grace: A Guide to the Catholic Sacraments and Quick Catholic Lessons with Fr. Mike.

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