.- Bishop Ruben Oscar Frassia of Avellaneda Lanus, Argentina said this week that mere attendance at Sunday Mass is not enough to be a good Christian in todayâs world.
Reflecting on a passage from last Sundayâs gospel, âA people in darkness have seen a great light,â Bishop Frassia said, âIt is important that we all discover that we are called to the light, to the truth and to what is good.â âWe must heed that call, because whoever listens well will respond well. Whoever covers his ears, especially his heart, will not listen. And because he will not listen well, he will not respond well,â the bishop said.
âWe must be converted,â he went on, âbut we all should be convertedâthe priest, the bishop, the religious, the laity, because we are all journeying.â
âTherefore,â the bishop continued, âit is important we realize that we must cultivate and develop a personal and profound spiritual life. But if we do not do so, just going to Sunday Mass will not fix it or be enough.â
âThe encounter at Sunday Mass, which it is important that we participate in, must give us the strength for the entire week, for every day of our lives. Itâs not supposed to be, âI came, now Iâm gone,â or I went to Mass and âthatâs it,â âsee you next weekâ. It is the constant and permanent presence of the Lord in our lives,â he added.
âGod demands our response,â the bishop said. âAnd if someone is afraid, insecure and thinks he will not be able to respond, I would say, Donât waste any time! Look at the Lord who gives his grace, who gives his love so that one can respond and knows how to.â Those who refuse to respond should be honest and admit that they are lacking in love and convictions and are incapable of responding. âThis is the truth,â he stressed.