Isaiah wrote, “If you hold back your foot on the Sabbath from following your own pursuits on my holy day . . . . Then you shall delight in the Lord. And he will make you ride upon the heights of the earth; he will nourish you with the heritage of Jacob.”
What Isaiah said in those day about keeping the Jewish Sabbath can apply to us in regard to getting to Mass on Sundays. A habit of getting to Mass every Sunday will give us the three rewards of which Isaiah spoke.
First, we will delight in the Lord. By giving the Lord our Sundays, we will remove every hint of enmity from between us. We will be entitled to boast of our close friendship with him, assured that he will back us up on our claims.
Secondly, he will make us ride upon the heights. If you have ever driven the Blue Ridge Parkway from Tennessee to Pennsylvania you would have experienced the exhilaration of cruising above the Shenandoah Valley at three thousand feet. You’d be above the smoke stacks and the traffic jams. You were your own person, up there with God. You can get a similar thrill from leaving cares outside as you kneel in silent exchanges with your God.
Thirdly, the wonderful readings at Mass are your heritage coming down to you from two, three, even four thousand years back. The homily too, at times, will be part of the heritage nourishing you.