We all love retreats. Why? Because we feel closer to God. He reveals Himself to us in grand ways, but He never reveals more of Himself to us than He does in the Mass. The Mass is the true mountaintop experience for Catholics—it’s the Source and the Summit of our faith. It’s the peak.

Yesterday, we read that Jesus took Peter, James, and John up a mountain and was revealed to them in all of His heavenly glory. He does the same for us at every Mass. A seemingly ordinary piece of bread is totally changed, through the process of transubstantiation, into Jesus right in front of us. Then, we get to receive Him into our own bodies. On earth, we will never be closer to Heaven than in the moments where we are at Mass.

After Mass though, we come down from the mountain, but we leave empowered. What we do after Mass matters. We received an incredible gift, and we witnessed our incredible God right before our eyes. This should change us. If it doesn’t, it means we don’t understand Who we receive in the Eucharist. It should empower us to go out and share that mountaintop experience… and bring others to the peak with us.