Your Disposition At Church Matters

Sound disposition is required while going to church for mass. It doesn’t matter which apparel you are wearing, or what ornaments you have adorned. What matters is with what disposition we have come to church. With right disposition while at mass, we can be sure that our prayers and supplications will never be unheard or unanswered.

A disposition is a habit, a preparation, a state of readiness, or a tendency to act in a specified way. The terms dispositional belief and occurrent belief refer, in the former case, to a belief that is held in the mind but not currently being considered, and in the latter case, to a belief that is currently being considered by the mind.

Different dispositions from The Bible

In the Bible we see (Mark 1: 21-28) how Jesus drives out an evil spirit. It happened that a man with an evil spirit was in the synagogue. Verse 24 says “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: you are the Holy One of God.” This man’s disposition was that he had faith Jesus can drive out the evil spirit. He shouted that Jesus is the Holy One of God. Jesus delivers the man from the influence of the Devil, who strives to destroy those created in the likeness of God.

The woman who had suffered from a severe bleeding for twelve years (Matthew 9: 20-22) had the disposition that if she just touches the edge of Jesus’ cloak she will be healed. And she was cured from that moment onwards.

Jesus knows what is good and what is bad for us. Jesus bestows on us HIS mercy even without asking. In the parable of the paralytic at the pool of Bethzatha, (John 5: 1-13), Jesus had compassion towards this man. Jesus just asked one question “Do you want to be healed?” In today’s intricate world, Jesus is asking the same question to us. Jesus listens to this man’s disposition and says “Stand up, take your mat and walk!”

Whats your attitude while at Church?

This is the attitude we should have while going to Church for mass. Sound disposition – that is faith which can be as tiny as a mustard seed. A mass is well celebrated with the people only if we come to Church with a disposition i.e. a state of readiness to receive Jesus sincerely. Thus the celebration of the Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life” (Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium-11).

It is written in the book ‘YOUCAT’ forwarded by Pope Benedict XVI that when we eat the broken Bread, we unite ourselves with the love of Jesus, who gave his body for us on the wood of the Cross; when we drink from the chalice, we unite ourselves with him who even poured out his blood out of love for us. The actual effect of the Eucharist is the transformation of man into God. (St. Thomas Aquinas [1225-1274]).

We should allow Jesus to perform miracles in our life by putting ourselves entirely at HIS disposal and with a right disposition. Sin is an obstacle to receive blessings. But we have hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our disposition should be that of surrendering our life to Jesus. And prayer should be “Abba Father, Let Me Be Yours.”

- – - written by Merly Simon


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