Mass, Eucharist, and Crossroads
In my hometown in Montana, we are surrounded by the beautiful towering Rocky Mountains with a ninety-foot tall statue of our Lady located on the top of one. It is truly stunning and beautiful, but I realized that I had gotten used to it and would wake up every morning, see it, and continue on with my day without even thinking about it. This same thing can so easily happen with Mass and receiving our Lord. We can fall easily into the temptation of letting the sacrifice of the Mass become something ordinary, something that we just do every day because we always have. Being on Crossroads and attending daily Mass has created very different levels of appreciation for the Eucharist than what I had been used to. We drive as far as we need to, sometimes an hour, sometimes two, in order to get to Mass because nothing is more important than participating in God’s greatest gift to us. Jesus died on the cross and gave us His body and blood so we can be redeemed, and 4 or 5 walking miles sacrificed, if need be, is well worth the price. We recently had our first day without the Eucharist after trying to find Mass but always being sent to the wrong place at the wrong time. That day did not feel like a normal day on Crossroads. It felt as if something essential was missing from what we were doing. Recently, our team was hosted by a priest who gave a powerful sermon on how we should not let ourselves fall into an ordinary day by day schedule, how Mass and the Eucharist should always be something that is out of the ordinary, something that we go to and appreciate fully. Being on Crossroads and seeking out and receiving the Eucharist every day has been a great blessing and has helped give the team the grace and perseverance it needs to continue walking every day.
South Central Walk ’12