Questions & Answers
Sep 12, 2017
If God is everywhere, why do we have to attend Mass?
While God is everywhere, he is present in the Eucharist in a special way. When, in the context of the Mass, the priest speaks the words of consecration over the bread and wine on the altar, they are mysteriously transformed into the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ. Although the characteristics of the bread and wine (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1376). In that moment, Jesus is as present as he was to his Apostles in the Upper Room.
The Eucharist does for our souls what food does for our bodies. You wouldn't go for weeks without eating and still expect to be strong and healthy. From the Eucharist, we receive all the graces we need for the rest of the week. Jesus says, "Come to me, all you who labor and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28). Our need for strength and rest are satisfied by Christ. The Church commands us to receive weekly what is, in fact, essential for our spiritual well-being.