Fun with Dick and Jane…. Or something like that.
when was the last time you went to church and left saying that was fun? How many times have you gone in to church dreading it? Or went only because you had to?
Being Catholic, we are not know for our exciting mass, we don’t get up and sing and dance, we sit and kneel and stand a lot, but that’s not the same. But in the other hand mass is only 1 hour long (except Easter Vigil mass then is 3 hours).
Catholics are not know for having fun at church, we are rather subdued, some would say stiff. Well that may be for some, but not for me!
Me I look at Mass as a family gathering, so when I attend mass, I make sure to enjoy it!
At my family gathering, there is conversation before the meal, so I make sure to talk to people before mass starts. Now I am sure some of you are say, what! You talk before Mass! You should be in Prayer, quit and reverent!
Yes that is true, for some, but once again, it is a family gathering and I don’t know about you , but my family gatherings are nothing like that.
Now I am not suggesting that mass turns in to a free for all, nothing like that, but I am suggesting that we all try to remember that mass is our family dinner together as Catholics, and that we are there to celebrate mass together, not alone.
If you need prayer time, great, use it, but don’t forget that fellowship can be and is a form of prayer. All to often we seem to think that there is only one way to praise God, but King David danced in the streets to praise God.
I really don’t think God would be upset if we had a little conversation prior to mass, or if we shared a joke and a smile. In-fact I think God would be pleased with us. All to often we don’t take the time to be family.
So next time your in the Church prior to the start of Mass, take some time to talk to your family (and I mean the Church as a whole) tell a good joke or 2 (make sure they are clean) and have a smile!