A Personal Encounter with Jesus


obligation, or opportunity?

The weekend rolls around again. Each weekend for Catholics brings an opportunity to go to Mass. It’s easy to view the Mass as an obligation. Though what if it’s instead an opportunity? An opportunity for what? An opportunity to encounter Jesus in a personal way.

There are two main parts to the Mass. They are the Liturgy of the Word, and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. When Catholics attend church they hear readings from the Old Testament, the Psalms, the New Testament, and numerous verses from Scripture are interwoven into the Mass. The words of Scripture apply to our lives today, and are meant to help us become more like Christ. After the Liturgy of the Word there is the Liturgy of the Eucharist. What’s the Eucharist? It’s Jesus. When Catholics go up to receive the Eucharist they’re receiving Jesus.