Last night, I was at Christmas Eve Mass at the Catholic church where I grew up. I was thinking about how Christmas is the one time out of the year when I still attend Catholic Mass, despite having left Catholicism for evangelical Christianity at age 20, and I thought, that would be a good thing to write about this week. But in looking at old posts about Christmas on this site, I realized I already addressed the topic two years ago (click here to read). In that post, I focused primarily on how all the prayers and rituals of the Catholic Mass are so much more meaningful to me as an adult, now that I know more about the Bible and the history of Judaism and Christianity.
There is another question I did not answer… why do I still attend Catholic Mass on Christmas, instead of attending my own church or a church more like the ones I have attended as an adult? Part of the reason is practical. I am always visiting my family on Christmas, and my mom, grandma, and some combination of other relatives who are here or visiting always attend Mass on Christmas. This year, we attended Mass on Christmas Eve because my mom does the Scripture readings at church, and that was the time that she was asked to read for. Depending on when exactly I come to see my family, I am occasionally able to attend Christmas service at my own church as well. This year, the church I’d been attending the last two years had an early Christmas service last Thursday, and I was going to go there as well, but I decided not to at the last minute for reasons that this isn’t the time to get into here.
I guess the other reason I haven’t stopped going to Mass on Christmas Day is because I haven’t felt a need to. I’m worshiping Jesus and celebrating his birth with my family. The fact that this particular group of worshipers has other views regarding transubstantiation, for example, really isn’t that big of a deal to me.
I’m going to keep this short this week and emerge from my old bedroom to see what the family is doing. (We already opened presents last night.) Merry Christmas to all of you.