Why is skipping mass a mortal sin? And when we do go to mass, why do we need to receive communion in a state of grace?
It’s tempting to believe we can love God in whatever way suits us, but that’s not how love works. The way we express our love for God is through obedience and worship. Fr. Mike speaks a harsh truth when he says, “If you love God on your own terms, you don’t love God, you love yourself.” (Tweet this quote)
In the first of two explanations, Fr. Mike explains that going to Mass on Sunday is our weekly chance to prove our love for God.
Fr. Mike’s second lesson in this video addresses the issue of receiving Communion in the state of mortal sin, which follows the logic of the first lesson above.
Communion with God is only possible once we have been reconciled with God and his Church. Both Christ and St. Paul make this clear:
“So if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift” (Matthew 5:23-24).
“Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 11:27).
Fr. Mike briefly addresses what sin is, and directs his viewers to a video of his wherein he addresses the topic more thoroughly: What is Sin?