However, arriving at Mass on Sunday even five minutes early is a practice worth attempting. We are so accustomed in our busy lives to stack up our commitments back-to-back-to-back, that we miss opportunities to simply “be still” and recognize the presence of God.
This is an important habit to develop as God has revealed to us that He speaks most clearly in the “stillness” and “silence” of our hearts. It is quite difficult to listen to what God has to say to us if we are constantly on the move and always looking down at our cell phones.
Then again, maybe we don’t want to hear what God has to say to us. Maybe we are running away from Him and don’t want to hear his words of love and mercy, urging us on to live a life of virtue, shaking off the many attachments we have to things of this world. It can be difficult sometimes to hear words of rebuke from those we love and arriving early to Mass to listen to God’s small voice may be one of those moments that we avoid, fearing that God will enter into our lives and try to get us to change.
However, we shouldn’t be afraid. As God spoke to the prophet Jeremiah, “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you, says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 29:11-14)
If you are not able to physically get to Mass early because of circumstances beyond your control, then the next best thing to do is turn off the radio in the car. We need to allow our soul time to disconnect from the distractions of the world and that is why it is essential to reduce the noise that we experience as we travel to Mass. Most of us have to drive at least 15-30 minutes to reach our local parish and that time of silence in the car will benefit our soul more than we can imagine.