Little Things Matter

I live in the Myrtle Beach area and our parish gets many visitors throughout the year even at weekday masses. Often there is a lot we can learn from them.
This week we have a group of over twenty who attend daily mass dressed better than many who go to mass on Sundays. The men and boys all wear slacks with a crease, shoes and shirts with a collar. All of the women wear skirts knee length or longer and a hat or chapel veil. Think about it. They’re on vacation at the beach in August and not only do they attend daily mass but they dress for the occasion. What does that show about the importance of God to them? God is important enough to dress up for, to show respect for.
We may think they’re old-fashioned but is it really old-fashioned to honor God by our dress? Is it really too much of a sacrifice to wear a tie to mass on Sunday or long pants and a shirt with a collar? What are we offering to God? Are we really offering Him anything or do we think He should be happy we showed up?
Do you remember the way things were when we were growing up? Not only did you dress your best for mass on Sunday you were on your best behavior. Girls wore hats or chapel veils and men always took off their hats. You were quiet in church careful to bless yourself and genuflect when you went into your pew or before the Blessed Sacrament. I remember being taught to bless myself every time I went past a Catholic Church in honor of the Blessed Sacrament.
You may ask what difference it makes. Who cares about those things? Those little things helped to give us a sense of the divine that you were entering in the presence of God. I wore my school uniform because it was the only jacket and tie I had at that age and for God you dressed up. We learned to genuflect on our right knee because you went down on your left knee for royalty but God merited more. We had a greater sense of Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist that He was really there. Why would we talk to our friends in front of God? We genuflected and knelt before God and prayed as we entered the Church. The little things helped us to focus on the presence of Jesus.
We lost not only the sense of divinity and the awe that we were privileged to be in the presence of God. We lost a sense of the love that God had for us in creating the Eucharist. We also lose out on so many graces because we’re not really prepared to receive them.
We need now to do whatever it takes to bring ourselves back to the awareness of the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist so that we can open ourselves out to the graces He wants to give us.
Think about what you can do to regain your sense of awe at the sacrament we are so privileged to receive. How can you better prepare to receive Jesus, God Himself in communion?
We’ve lost something so very precious when we lost our sense of the Divine. We’ve forgotten that the host we receive is really Jesus, the same Jesus who performed too many miracles to be listed in the Gospels; a Jesus who loves us so passionately and yearns to bless us. Communion has become a nice ritual, rather than an awesome encounter with the God of mercy and love who died for us on Calvary.
We need to do whatever we can to regain the sense of divinity, of divine love and power. It doesn’t matter if we’re the only ones who dress up on Sunday or genuflect. It doesn’t matter if we’re the only ones who stay late in thanksgiving. All that matters is Jesus.

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Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

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