It’s time to get back to church
The plight of so few people going to church on Sunday seems to be getting worse instead of better.
What is it going to take to get the message out there that we need to find ourselves in church on the Lord’s Day?
Are we so stuck in our comfort zone that we ignore all warnings of acknowledging our Creator by refusing to go to church on the Lord’s Day?
Sloth is one of the seven deadly sins we need to keep close to our mind, and be very aware of “spiritual inertia.”
Jesus tells us: “Unless you eat my Body and drink my Blood you will have no life in you.”
So what sort of message should the 82 per cent of people not going to church connect with here?
I recently heard an excellent homily given at mass about this very problem. The homilist told of a flood that destroyed a town. The water rose to the second level of a gentleman’s home, but when a rescue boat came for him he refused to leave, saying he was trusting in the Lord.
As the water continued to rise, he found himself on the roof and spotted a helicopter lowering a rope to him. Again he refused to leave, saying he was trusting in the Lord.
He drowned, and when approached by the Lord at the Gate said, “I trusted in You.” The Lord’s reply was, “I sent people to rescue you.”
So, we need to heed a lesson from this homily and act accordingly in our own situation. My beautiful deceased mother used to tell me, “David, nothing lasts forever in this life, be it good or bad.”
The Lord tells us to be prepared, for we know not the day, nor the hour when life on Earth will end for us.
We need to have a positive fear of the Lord - it’s one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. How do we do that? “Keep the Commandments,” the Lord tells us.
Now, for those people not going to church on Sunday, the Third Commandment says: “Keep Holy the Lord’s Day.” In other words, don’t work, and go to church.
During the years I was doing sidewalk evangelizations, I had some people tell me you don’t need to go to church to be a good person. The problem with that statement is that it contradicts the Third Commandment of God.
I’ve also had some people say there is no God, even though the Bible and natural law tells us that God is very much with us in this world. All we have to do is look at the sun, moon and stars, all working in perfect harmony with the seasons of the year.
I’ve also had some people say there is no God, even though the Bible and natural law tells us that God is very much with us in this world.
So, how long will it take to start filling our churches again? Are we going to continue feasting and ignore the millions of starving people in South Sudan, Northern Nigeria and Somalia? If we do that, we do so at our peril.
Other people have said to me, why does God allow so much pain and suffering in the world? Well, why did Adam and Eve commit the sin of disobedience and introduce pain and suffering into the world? We are not guaranteed heaven by any means; we have to work at it in this life to bring that state to fruition for us.
I know many of you out there don’t want the days of fire and brimstone brought up, but in life we need a good dose of reality to wake us from our slumber, so that we can put our two feet on the floor after a good night’s sleep and say, “Lord, what a beautiful day. I’m going to examine my conscience, write down all my sins and head straight for confession, and after that I’m going to live a life filled with the Holy Spirit because this is the first day of my new life.”
Here’s a quote taken from the latest edition of “Our Daily Bread,” mailed to me by a married couple now living in Ontario who are friends of mine from childhood: “Death is the last shadow before Heaven’s dawn.”
Let’s make sure we take the advice the Lord has prescribed before we encounter that dawn.