Wednesday, September 20, 2017
MASS IS BORING TO THE NAKED EYE AND UNINFORMED EAR
I was able to listen to but a tidbit of "Seize the Day" an XM radio call-in show in the morning on the Catholic Channel.
The question was about Mass being boring and how the Mass is perceived by so many uniformed Catholic today as well as visitors to Mass who aren't Catholic.
One caller who identified himself as a convert to Catholicism shared what his impressions of the Mass was prior to his conversion.
He said it was boring, ritualistic and mechanical. The people at Mass looked bored, disengaged and robotic in their responses and so many didn't even try to sing the singable hymns.
It felt so distant and impersonal lacking in emotion and enthusiasm.
But then he went through the RCIA process and began to understand the Sacramental nature of the Mass and how the Catholic Church had prevented Christian worship from veering off into a bogus form of worship based upon emotions, feelings and fads.
I can remember as a child when the Mass was the ancient Latin Mass, how bored I was and I often fell asleep. But I knew that something powerful was happening and that God was up there at the altar.
The Mass captured my imagination, the ritualistic, unreformed pre-Vatican II Mass. And at the basis of this captured imagination was the real presence of Christ.
We had a Redemptorist Priest do a mission for us in the early 1960's. He was a dynamic speaker and the mission was not in the context of the Mass, simply an hour long teaching with a hymn or two, and a Scripture Reading.
The whole week long he told us that we would see Jesus on Friday. And Finally Friday came and I wondered and wondered what he meant that we would see Jesus. And then He came out vested in alb and cope and Solemnly exposed the Blessed Sacrament. We prayed quietly and then his entire 30 minute talk was on the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. It concluded with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
I saw Jesus! My eyes were opened!
How many Catholics want bogus forms of worship because they can't see the sacramental sign and don't understand it?