A post from Why I Am Catholic titled “Because the Church is the Port in the Storm,” inspired me today. The eloquently-written post by Frank Weathers reminded me of just how important the role of the Catholic Church is in my life.
People who profess they are Christians, but do not attend Mass or believe in the value of a place of gathering to worship are not new to most of us. Nowadays, more and more people are belittling the importance of membership saying something along the lines of: “I don’t see the need to be a member of the church. I think all that matters to God is that I believe in him and treat other people right.”
Apostle Paul said in Ephesians 5:25, “Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her.” This verse alone ought to tell us that the Church is not something that is of little value. I’m willing to admit that it has flaws because humans run it, and all humans are inherently flawed in one way or another. However, one thing that must never be forgotten is the fact that Jesus started the Church and loves it so much that he died for it.
God gave us a place to worship so that we may receive the blessing of fellowship–fellowship that strengthens our faith and draws us nearer to him. As it says in Hebrews 10:24–25 says, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”