This morning on my way to work I heard an advertisement on my local Christian radio station for a guest speaker for Sunday’s service at a local church. This is not all that unusual of an advertisement. Many churches use the pull of a special guest such as an author, singer, or notable speaker to attract visitors to their Sunday service and to share their faith.
There is nothing wrong with hosting a speaker, singer, author, etc. to speak on their faith and inspire others. But I believe there is a time and a place. Perhaps the best time to see a local author speak is at a separate function, not during Sunday worship services. Because as we draw people into the faith, we need to make sure we are drawing them to God…not man.
My Church has a special guest every Sunday and that is the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. It doesn’t get any better than that! In going to Mass and in spreading the faith to others, I don’t feel the need to have a famous person there to speak to them because I know that there is none more wonderful that God Himself! If our goal is to bring people to Christ, then that is exactly what we need to do! Bring them to Christ…not to someone else. Other speakers can certainly be inspiring and influential but perhaps there is a better time. We cannot forget that church is not about us, it’s about God.
Going to Mass on Sunday can become a routine. We can lose sight of why we go. The truth is that we don’t go to church to be entertained. We don’t go for a social event. We go to church to worship God! We come together as a faith community to give our Lord our undivided attention as we listen to His word, praise Him and all His glory, ask Him for forgiveness, and partake in the Holy Eucharist.
When our hearts and souls are fully invested in the Mass before us, we don’t need anything more. We don’t need fancy lights or music when we have the light of Christ within us and when we join our hymns with the angels! We don’t need to have refreshments available during the service…we have the Body and Blood of our Savior, given to us as the Bread of Life! We don’t need a famous author or speaker; we have the words of God Himself!
The Mass is a beautiful and reverent celebration with Christ at the center of it all. Our Lord and Savior makes Himself real to us through the Eucharist and fills up our hearts and souls. The peace, wonder, and love that is felt during Mass is something that cannot be replaced by any other guest. Yes there is a special guest at Church every week…Jesus Christ the Son of God!