Why Go to Church?

A Churchgoer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday:
“I’ve gone  for 30 years now,” he wrote, “and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So, I think I’m wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.”
This started a real controversy in the “Letters to the Editor” column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:
“I’ve been married for 37 years now. In that time my wife has  cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the  entire menu for a single one of those meals, But I do know this… They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!”
H/t my dear sis-in-law Shireen
I go to Mass every Sunday morning and sometimes on weekdays because I desperately need to receive the Blessed Eucharist — the very Body and Blood of Christ — which nourishes and sustains my soul and my very being.
This morning, I have the awesome honor and privilege of being both the Eucharistic minister for the Blessed Host, as well as the lector for the second reading from the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians:

Brothers and sisters: Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you considers himself wise in this age, let him become a fool, so as to become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God, for it is written: God catches the wise in their own ruses.
and again: The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
So let no one boast about human beings, for everything belongs to you, Paul or Appollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or the present or the future: all belong to you, and you to Christ, and Christ to God.


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Candance Moore
Candance Moore
9 years ago

OMG. Eowyn, you have no idea how timely this is. God has truly used you to speak to me this morning. Thanks.

9 years ago

Thanks for the reminder, Eowyn. What a fantastic comparison!

9 years ago

I read your post just before I left for church. Your insight was on my mind through a lot of it. We also had an excellent homily on a Cardinal in Vietnam who withstood imprisonment for 13 years but subjugated his hatred for his captors and prayed for them instead. One of our hymns was the Prayer of St. Francis. I think I was getting the message. Love your neighbor and God’s will. nothing more, nothing less, nothing else. In today’s chaos I think we all need to rely on HIM more than ever. May the Lord be with you… Read more »

9 years ago

Why go to church? To feed my soul. Tonight’s service was very tough…it was about abortion. Also condemnation, conviction, and hope. It ended with this story: our outreach team in Uganda discovered a small baby buried in a latrine yesterday. They were able to rescue the child! God gives us hope in so many ways.