I really love when I have the opportunity to go to daily mass. There is a simplicity about it that brings out the true beauty of the mass. The simplicity allows me to hear lines of prayers that I say every week in a new light.
The mass brings us together as a community. We need that community. As much as we want to be (and think we are) independent and self sufficient we need a community. I am starting to build a little community but it is a slow process. But even if we know no one in the church or if we are visiting a new parish we are still part of a community. I was reminded of this today as we prayed the penitential act.
"And you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God."
The people around us are our brothers and sisters. We are asking them to pray for us as they are asking us to pray for them. This brings us closer together as we draw closer to Christ. We are not alone in the church, we are surrounded by our brothers and sisters who are praying for us.