Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The "takeaway close"

I just read about a marketing idea called "the takeaway close." The idea is that if you tell people they can't have something, that makes them want it. In selling, for example, when stores say only a few choice items are in stock, people will go crazy trying to buy it.

The other day I drove past Fenway Park and saw a big banner that said "Parking: $30." I don't know how much the tickets cost. When you add everything up, it costs a lot to go to a ball game. Yet people always crowd in. I couldn't help but think that maybe if the Church charged lots of money for the privilege of going to Mass, people would pack the churches!

Isn't it true that it's so easy not to value what we can easily obtain. The body and blood of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist is the most precious gift of all. Nothing on earth can approach its value. Yet it's so neglected. How many Catholics don't bother to participate in Mass at all. The same thing holds for confession. Who wouldn't want to have all of their sins completely forgiven? Yet, this sacrament is so neglected today.

What are your thoughts on this?


Moneybags said...

I also think that it horrible people are leaving Jesus alone in the Eucharist. He doesn't come down from Heaven to sit in a tabernacle alone. He comes to be adored to bring us grace and joy. He comes for us and so many times he is left alone.

He also comes and offers us forgiveness for any offense. Sadly, many people fall into lies like they can just confess their sins to God without a priest.

We need to pray for the people of God to come back that have left.

I often think of this by Saint Margaret Mary:

"Behold this Heart which has loved men so much, and yet men do not want to love Me in return. Through you My divine Heart wishes to spread its love everywhere on earth."

Barb, sfo said...

Interesting. Though my teenager observed last Palm Sunday that his teacher says that people only come to church for free stuff: free ashes, free palms. Then he mentioned, "That doesn't work though. There's Free Eucharist EVERY Sunday. And Free Forgiveness."

Maybe they should put up a sign to THAT effect: "Come in for Free Forgiveness."

Chelsea said...

~BARB ...In my area there's a church that always has an interesting saying on their front sign. I think one month they had something like..."If you want free forgiveness please come in!!!" They also had the coolest addition problem ever..." 3 nails + 1 cross= 4-given!!!" :-)

Thank you for posting such an interesting thought...It really made me think.
Oh...I missed you when I was in Boston last week, for the summer program!!!:-)

Anonymous said...

Many, many years ago, a good friend and I were conversing about how blessed and privileged we were to have seen Pope John Paul II in Boston back in 1979 or 1980. We talked about when other times, we'd get so excited about people in "high places", the Cardinals, bishops, priests, etc., we tend to forget that the most important Person, One whom we should go before with bended knee and feel an overwhelming awe every time we are in His presence is Jesus in the Eucharist, present totally, body, blood, soul and divinity. With more excitement would we prepare ourselves to see and talk to Jesus, God, and we would want to just stay there even longer... If people in the Church would know and believe that Jesus is there, our Churches would be full.
Please dear God, help all of us to have faith in You, to hope in You, and to love You. Let us pray, united with all the Church for faith, hope, and love.
Thank you Sr. Lorraine for such a profound thought of which I will take to heart.

Anonymous said...

Sr. Lorraine, I once heard a wonderful homily from a priest on this very topic! He pointed out that the Eucharist is the most valuable thing we have on earth, yet people act rather bored when they receive Holy Communion. He asked us to imagine how ridiculous it would be if we were lining up to receive ten million dollars with that attitude: "Ten million dollars." "Okay." "Ten million dollars." "Yeah." "Ten million dollars." "Um, thanks, I guess." And yet, as he pointed out, when he offers communicants the Body of Christ we are receiving so much more than a mere earthly fortune!

Anonymous said...

People do not worship Our Lord in the Eucharist because they do not believe. They have been misinformed and neglected. We must be careful what we teach. I left the church for over thirty years, since I have returned I found a totally different church than what I "imagined" in my mind. I was hurt, confused, misinformed, and even lied to and so I reached my own conclusions. No one to guide me. What a waste. I am determined to learn about my faith and to share my faith through my actions. What about you?