Why Should We Listen to the Readings at Mass?


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Carmela Silva ’21 lectors at the 2021 Baccalaureate Mass.

Ah, yes, the readings near the beginning of Mass… sometimes they’re long, sometimes they’re short, but they all have one thing in common, it’s a time at Mass where many are falling asleep. But these readings are there for a reason and they always have been, so why should we pay attention to them, or at least attempt to? Mrs. Young, a theology teacher for the eighth and tenth graders, says, “It’s [the readings] God talking to us. It’s easy to get distracted, but it’s good to be aware, because when we hear the readings, we’re hearing God speak to us individually through the Holy Spirit.” From a lector’s standpoint, listening to the readings is important because they’re a way that God communicates to us even when we can’t see or hear Him. Lucy Bachiochi ‘23 said: “Because every time you listen to the Bible you can interpret different ways to use its lessons, and they are always prevalent to things going on in your life even if you don’t see it at first.”

Theresa Marcucci ‘23 said, “Oftentimes the readings at mass seem to be exactly what I need to hear on that day. Even though the Bible was written a long time ago, I find it very encouraging when its lessons and reminders line up with what I’m going through.” The readings, Gospel, and homily are a part of the mass where participants can receive good advice on how to live and persevere in the Christian life. Each Gospel shares a lesson that can help us live closer to Jesus and live out his mission in the world.

Especially during Advent, when there’s a new cycle of readings to prepare us for Christmas, the readings are helpful to get us into the right mindset. The readings during Advent all revolve around the theme of preparedness as we prepare for the birth of Christ. Advent is a time that we get closer to Christ, in preparation for His birth. 

It’s not only important to pay attention during the readings, but it’s important to pay attention for the entire Mass, not fooling around with your friends, and making jokes. It’s a time that we should focus on the Lord, pray, repent, and talk to God. When asked why we should pay attention in Mass, Mrs. Young said, “Because the Mass is sacred. It’s the most sacred thing that takes place in this world. In the Catholic faith, we truly believe it’s the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.” Mrs. Young suggested that if you are having a hard time paying attention to the readings, to read them ahead of time so that you can be extra focused when they are read at mass.When we’re in Mass, God is with us, watching down on us, so it’s important that we pay attention to His word, and focus on Him while in Mass!

Kristina Klauzinski ’24, Staff Writer