If Jesus were standing across the room from you in his holy and divine flesh, is there anything that would get between you and him?
Think about it. Jesus is a mere twenty feet away and he’s smiling at you with opened arms, waiting to welcome you. Would anything stop from you running toward him and hugging him tight?
What about if a friend were in between you and him. Would you let your friend stop you? What about a co-worker? Or a spouse? What about a pastor? What about an abusive father? Or a drug dealer? Or a bartender? Or a promiscuous lover? Or your insecurities?
Would ANYTHING stop you?
For Catholics, then what stops you from getting to Mass every Sunday? If Jesus is, as we believe, physically present in the Eucharist, as he told us he would be, then what is stopping you?
Is it a bad experience with another Catholic? With a priest? With the church’s stance? Are you in a state of mortal sin and afraid of confession? Would you be afraid to walk twenty feet into Jesus’ arms and tell him all of your sins and ask for his forgiveness? Then why are you reluctant to go to confession?
It’s so easy as frail and faulty humans to get caught up in the distractions of this world and lose sight of the glory of the next.
Jesus repeatedly tells us in the Gospels that NOTHING can get between him and us. Nothing. Not material things, not human things. If it’s your arm, cut it off, if it’s your eye, gouge it out, if you have to sell all you have to buy the field with the pearl of salvation, do it.
Do whatever it takes to remove the barriers between Jesus and you. If it’s your sinfulness, go to confession. If it’s your sloth, be disciplined. If it’s a bad experience, forgive. If it’s the church’s teachings, study and understand why the church teaches what it does.
If it’s REALLY important to you, there is nothing that will stop you. No more than if something were between you and Jesus a mere twenty feet away.