“Should There Be a Sunday Mass Obligation?” (The Patrick Madrid Show)

Patrick Madrid talks to a caller named Bill from Tampa, who questions the obligatory nature of attending Mass every Sunday. Bill expresses his concern that making Mass compulsory might strip away the heartfelt desire to attend, turning it into a routine task rather than a genuine connection with Christ.

Patrick responds with a comparison to a family dinner, suggesting that just as families gather regularly to strengthen bonds, Mass is a gathering of the spiritual family to connect more deeply with God and one another. He emphasizes that Mass is not just a meal but a participation in the holy sacrifice of Jesus, being present at the Last Supper and at Calvary.

Patrick addresses Bill’s concerns by reframing them: attending Mass should be viewed not as a burdensome rule but as a minimal expression of gratitude for Jesus’ sacrifice. He points out that it’s less about feeling compelled and more about recognizing the significance of what is celebrated during Mass. Essentially, Patrick invites you to see weekly Mass attendance not as a mere obligation but as an opportunity to participate in the ultimate act of love—Jesus’ sacrifice.

So, next time you think of skipping Mass, remember: it’s not just a box to tick; it’s an invitation to celebrate the most epic love story ever told, with the best company imaginable – Jesus Himself! 🙏💖

Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at relevantradio.com and on the Relevant Radio® app.