3 Amazing Sports Related Reasons to Go to Mass!

Words that often run through our head when we think about going to Mass on Sunday:

“Do I make the drudge to Mass? The homily…hit or miss. The music…usually a miss. If it’s raining or snowing, I probably stay home. My friends don’t go. We travel on Sundays a lot. It just kind of seems pointless. Why do we have to go anyways?”

I want to lay out three reasons why Mass every week is a great thing (besides the fact that God requires us to do it). You are athletes, think as an athlete right now. What are key components to success? To bond as a team, to recover physically, and to know and trust your coach.

  1. Time to Bond

Every team has to function well as a team. This is why, on any given game day, any team really can beat any team. It is easy to bet on the greater talent, but team unity and the ability to play well together contributes immensely to how many wins you will have at the end of the season.

As God’s sons and daughters, we are made to be a team. We are made for community, to be a big family. When we gather together every Sunday as God asks of us (which, again, should be reason enough), we are drawn closer to each other as a family. We bond. We worship our Father in Heaven, we eat the Eucharist (the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, His Son), and we pray for one another. Here is the crazy thing – the bond we have on the spiritual realm, being baptized in the Family of God (if we are still in God’s grace and haven’t rejected Him), is actually greater than the bond we have with our biological siblings.

So let’s bond as a family every Sunday.

  1. Time to Recover

Every athlete pounds their body day in and day out. With that, every athlete needs that recovery time – allowing their muscles and joints to rest, rebuild, and become stronger. Without this, we would too easily wear out, get exhausted, and even get injured.

Since we are created as body and soul, we need to give our soul/spirit time to rest and recover. We hammer our minds and hearts all day long – TV, radio, conversation, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Taking an hour every Sunday at Mass gives our soul a chance to recover…to rest with the Lord. We are able to sit in silence (relatively) and find that peace, that comfort God so longs to give our hearts.

So let your soul rest in the Lord every Sunday.

  1. Time to Connect

It is really hard to follow a coach you don’t trust. When we doubt if they really care and/or have our best interest in mind, we hesitate, if anything in our hearts, to listen and follow. The times we have with a coach to connect and build this trust can be invaluable to us as athletes.

God is our Divine Coach, if you will. He has the plan, the play book, and the wisdom to know when to adjust. Sunday Mass is another great time to connect with Him. It is a time to talk to Him, ask Him questions about what His plans are for us, and to vent some frustrations. He is the most trustworthy being ever, He is God. It also gives us a chance to say thanks!

So let’s connect with God on Sundays at Mass.

God and His Church tell us we need to go to Mass every single week, no excuses. He does this because He knows the great good it does for us. We need to be at Mass every week to be healthy people. We need Mass to bond as a family, to let our souls recover and to connect to Him. Trust in His plan. Learn more about the Mass and participate. It is will be less boring when you put some effort into it…and remember that you get to receive your Savior and King in the Eucharist every week. Let that blow your mind away.

(I originally posted this in the Varsity Catholic Mobile App. Feel free to download that resource.)

 

Appendix – A Few Study Points on the Mass:

 

“By a tradition handed down from the apostles which took its origin from the very day of Christ’s Resurrection, the Church celebrates the Paschal mystery every seventh day, which day is appropriately called the Lord’s Day or Sunday.” The day of Christ’s Resurrection is both the first day of the week, the memorial of the first day of creation, and the “eighth day,” on which Christ after his “rest” on the great Sabbath inaugurates the “day that the Lord has made,” the “day that knows no evening.” The Lord’s Supper is its center, for there the whole community of the faithful encounters the risen Lord who invites them to his banquet. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1166)

 

“The Mass is at the same time, and inseparably, the sacrificial memorial in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated and the sacred banquet of communion with the Lord’s body and blood. But the celebration of the Eucharistic sacrifice is wholly directed toward the intimate union of the faithful with Christ through communion. To receive communion is to receive Christ himself who has offered himself for us.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1382)

 

“The Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice. For this reason the faithful are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor. Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit a grave sin.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2181)

 

“All human life, and therefore all human time, must become praise of the Creator and thanksgiving to him. But man’s relationship with God also demands times of explicit prayer, in which the relationship becomes an intense dialogue, involving every dimension of the person. ‘The Lord’s Day’ is the day of the relationship par excellence when men and women raise their song to God and become the voice of all creation.” Bl. John Paul II, Dies Domini

 

“Holy Communion augments our union with Christ. The principal fruit of receiving the Eucharist in Holy Communion is an intimate union with Christ Jesus. Indeed, the Lord said: ‘He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.’ Life in Christ has its foundation in the Eucharistic banquet: ‘As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me.’” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1391)

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