Most people are familiar with the term ‘black mass’. For anyone who is not, black masses are how satanists worship the devil doing abominable acts to the eucharist which they usually steal……
Needless to say, black masses are extremely evil 😈
So what are ‘dead masses’?
And if I told you that ‘dead masses’ offend Jesus and Mary more than black masses.. What would you say?!
Dead masses are like when you wake up on a sunny day and you rush to the beach but when you get there, there is a big clowd of darkness blocking the sun. The other people, instead of being happy are fighting and bickering, moaning and groaning and the joy you had suddenly turns to sadness!!
Dead masses are often celebrated by dead priests. Men who gave their lives to God but for whatever reason, years of ministry, lonliness, false theologies… have snuffed out the spirit in them and often they have become dismayed and cynical, no longer believing in Church teaching or in prayer or in spiritual realities such as heaven or hell.
Their God is more loving than ours. He does not let anyone go to hell. There is no such thing as sin and hence no need for preaching, teaching or old fashioned confession. Everybody may receive Holy Communion at these masses, if the devil himself was present, he too would be welcomed in and of course given communion.
The result of these dead masses is that thousands and thousands of people are receiving the body and blood of Jesus without taking it seriously or being taught. Jesus often mentioned to the saints how he hates entering some souls, not because He doesn’t love them, but because they don’t love Him!!
To give a human analogy. When we receive the body of Jesus, He gives us Himself. The only human activity that this self giving comes anyway close to is the sexual intimacy of marriage. John Paul 2 wrote superbly on this in ‘theology of the body’. But going back to the point I was making, to receive Jesus without thinking twice about the type of life you are living, without prayer, with love would be like going up to a woman that you do not know and raping her!
Now, to be fair, many people are unaware of what they are doing because they have never been properly taught. I too was one of these people who popped along to mass at Christmas and Easter and probably received communion because ‘everyone else did’ and the priests never said anything about it so I took the silence as an affirmation!!
Fortunately when I did experience Jesus ten years ago, He began to show me the terrible reality of sin and the terrible silence in today’s church that leaves so man people spiritually unaware and dead.
You see, Jesus’ body and blood is like a medication for the soul and like any medicine, it must be taken properly. Even the best medicines may kill you if you don’t take them properly!!
So you see dear friends, Jesus is not about refusing you His love because He doesn’t love you. Jesus is the good doctor who wants you to take your medicine correctly and get healed!!
Jesus needs you to cooperate with him and his ways and to do that you need to know who He is and what sin is so that when you fall you run back to confession and mass…. NOT because Jesus is angry with you, but because He wants to clean out the wound so that it does not get worse just like a doctor would bandage and disinfect a nasty cut!
When I lived in Australia I used to go to mass on a Sunday morning and then immediately after it was over, I’d jump into my car and drive into Sydney City centre where I’d attend a pentecostal service! Why?
Simply because dead masses are mostly attended by the living dead and if you talk about Jesus or the Holy Spirit afterwards they’ll look at you like you are a psychiatric patient who sneaked out of your padded cell during the night. The reality is that you are not mad, but they are dead!!
And so with my pentecostal brothers and sisters I could talk about Jesus, danse and sing for Jesus and share amazing community!
Many of my dead Catholics friends would wonder what I was doing with these heretics. But when I prayed about it I heard the Holy Spirit say to me
‘What is better, a broken down Mercedes benz or a nifty sports car ‘?!!
You see, being Catholic isn’t about what we believe, even the devil and the satanists believe in the real presence of Jesus in the eucharist (they even pay for consecrated hosts… They have such’ faith’.
No, being Catholic is about how we live what we believe, how we live holy lives, how we love Jesus and Mary and the sacraments. How we pray, how we respect the teaching of the Church and strive to live Holy lives. How we desire to bring others to Jesus and to His real presence remembering that Jesus is not a kill joy, Jesus is joy itself and truly knowing Jesus is the most amazing experience that you can ever have!
And so to finish. Let’s transform the Catholic Church by transforming our hearts. Let us no longer receive Jesus without confession and without getting to know more and more about Him and His desires to bring us to full life. Let’s get to know our God, our church, our faith, our healer.. . Our Jesus!
May our church be transformed from a ‘dying man’s’ house
Into the true centre of love, healing, hope and mercy that Jesus and Mary desire it to be!
No more dead masses please but life, life, and more life through the merciful transformational love of the Holy Spirit!!
Pray for Our priests, that those who have strayed may find their way back, for persevernce and strength for the Holy ones and for young men filled with the fire of the Holy Spirit to heal our church and world!!
Thanks for reading!