‘Many of you have been going to mass for 40 years and yet you see no change in your lives’ was the start of a wonderful teaching that I heard while in India!
Why? It all hinges on the offetory!!
He went on to explain that the offetory is the moment when we are to offer all our lives to Jesus,our inner wounds, our inabilities to forfive, our fears, our health, concerns for our families, our dilemmas at work, our financial problems, our concern for the world…
What we offer, Jesus takes and then as we receive Holy Communion Jesus comes into all these areas of our lives and hearts.
The priest then smiled and said that instead of offering Jesus all areas of their lives that most people are too busy fumbling in their pockets trying to find some change and so they forget to offer Jesus what he really wants, hearts!
And because they didn’t invite Jesus into the various areas of their lives and because Jesus doesn’t force himself nothing changes even after 40 years!
Sadly some then stop going to mass as it seems to be no good while others continue to go out of routine but have little faith that anything actually happens.
The priest then invited everybody to make a proper offering, and guess what? There were literally healings and breakthroughs everywhere.
So next time you are at mass, offer Jesus what He so thirsts for, your hearts and all the little and big things in your lives and begin to live even more from the extraordinary power of the Eucharist!
Also, teach others how to really participate and live from the Mass. It is life changing!