Why does Mass have to be so boring?
May 3, 2020, 12:00 PM
The late Kirk Cobain, lead singer of the popular ‘90s band Nirvana, once sang, “Here we are now. Entertain us!” This line is a good description of our modern culture. (Sadly, it must not have been a satisfying approach to life for Cobain. Despite having great fame and material wealth, he committed suicide at the age of twenty-seven.)
Seeking to be entertained all the time is not the key to happiness – nor is it the correct measure of judging the worth of something.
So the question “why is Mass so boring?” actually misses the point. The Mass is not supposed to entertain us but to sanctify us. If, by “boredom,” you mean that Mass is not as exciting as listening to your iPod, instant messaging your friends, watching TV, or playing basketball, then a little “boredom” at Mass is to be expected.
When someone is seeking to build a relationship with another person, he or she is not primarily seeking to be entertained by him or her. What if you sat down at a nice restaurant and your date leaned over the table, looked you in the eye and said, “Entertain me! Make me laugh or something! You’re starting to bore me!”? You would think he or she was a little unstable; you would get tired of them pretty quickly. Yet that is often the attitude we bring to our “date” with the Maker of the Universe at Mass.
Attending Mass is not about being entertained. It is about building our relationship with God; it is about listening to the Word of God in the Scriptures and encountering Jesus fully and personally in the Eucharist as we offer our lives to the Father in thanksgiving with Him.
So, to put it bluntly, don’t go to Mass looking for entertainment. Entertainment is nothing next to what we truly find at Mass. Go to Mass looking for God. You will likely find a host of important things in the process, like your very purpose for existing.