But why do we need to worship God with other people?
April 12, 2020, 12:00 PM
Communal worship flows from who God is, who He made us to be, and how He created His Church.
God is a communion of persons - the Trinity. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three distinct Persons yet one God. Though it is an unfathomable mystery, the Trinity is a dogma of the faith, so we are bound to believe it. This Trinitarian God made us in His image and likeness (see Gn 1:26-27); thus, He did not create us to be alone. He made us to live in communion with others. This fact touches on every area of our lives, including family, work, sports, politics, and even worship. While it is crucial that we have a relationship with God that is deeply personal, it is also crucial that we have a relationship with Him that is communal. Because we are communal creatures, it would be "unnatural" for us to fail to offer God public, communal worship.
Communal worship also flows from the very nature of the Christian religion. Faith is a public matter. God did not just reveal Himself to you, redeem you, and call you into mission. He revealed Himself to everyone, redeemed all people, made us a family, and called us to partake in the mission of the Church to the whole world. A spirituality that is solely "one on one" can be egocentric, unhealthy, and misguided. ("It's just Jesus and me and to heck with thee!")
The Mass is the highest form of communal worship. At Mass we are united with one another in one act of worship, with the saints and our loved ones who have passed into the eternal and heavenly Liturgy (see CCC 1326), and above all, with the Trinity as we offer ourselves to the Father, "through him (Jesus), with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit" (prayer taken from the Mass).