Ministry Tip of the Week
At best, this attitude compartmentalizes religious belief - placing God in a carefully unobtrusive box - and robs faith of it's power to transform lives. At worst, it denies God's existence altogether and, along with him, all objective meaning and purpose to our own existence.
Why are people bored at mass? For the same reason they're bored at school. We don't really understand why we're there. The only meaning we find in anything anymore is the meaning we project into it. As soon as our personal preferences change and our emotional attachments simmer down to a lukewarm complacency (and they always do!), nothing remains to call us onward. We have no reason to persevere. We never think to endure the trial for the sake of the glory.
The "roof" on his universe keeps him searching for the heavens in the disenchanted material of earth, until he gives up.
Oh, but how blind he is. Every nook and cranny in the vast, material expanse of human discovery is rich with meaning, and glorifies God if we but let it. Within everything we can experience stands a signpost designed to communicate to us the Creator. Can we see it? Romans 1 tells us the power and majesty of God is seen in the things he has created, and that it was all meant to be reminders of him.
He made us with a desire to worship (ultimately with the gift of our whole life by living for him) but, St. Paul also tells us, the entire history of human idolatry has been about our choice to worship the creature instead; and God gives us over to our base desires. Love will not force itself.
Life is full of meaning. The universe, as it turns out, has no roof. And living this way, we never settle for complacency. It all becomes a journey of unending transformation. Everything is new because we're never the same. We are becoming like him. The material world is alive with the playful sparkle of heaven, and behind it all is the God of love.
He is speaking to you right now.