Sunday, February 19, 2017
LAW AND ORDER AT MASS--NOT YOUR GRANDFATHER'S LAW AND ORDER THOUGH
I am on my weeklong winter vacation in a far off island. Thus I attended the Vigil for Sunday and like the Diocese of Savannah the diocese in which I am vacationing is having their kick-off of their Bishop's Annual Appeal.
Like my diocese, this diocese has a video presentation from the bishop on his requests which is shown during the homily time after a brief introduction by the celebrant.
I always have anxiety attacks that when I show our video, that the dang thing won't work.
But I have never had this anxiety!
After the celebrant gave the brief inroduction to the video, the person in charge of turning it on was having some trouble and it a took a little bit of time for something to appear on the screen.
What appeared on the screen? Law and Order, that is an episode of the NBC crime drama, Law and Order! At first we all thought it was the video but soon we knew that this was a big glitch!
Fortunately, what we were treated to didn't have any racy scenes, but oh what we could have seen given today's amoral standards for television shows.
Now, I will not only have anxieties about if my video equipment will fail when I show the Bishop's appeal but some ungodly video will be in the machine!
There was no explanation from the pulpit how in the name of God and all that is holy that a Law and Order video was in the video player rather than the Bishop's video. Did the diocese make a mistake or did someone try to be funny at this parish and pull a prank? And what is the mentality toward Catholic reverence if someone thought this would be funny at Mass?
And in a church that seats about 1,500 people, few were amused or laughing. The visiting priest though, did a good job of summing up the Bishop's appeal extemporaneously! God bless him.