Daily Bread

Daily Bread

Yesterday I went to Mass at St. Peter’s on Barclay Street, quite a historic church, https://spcolr.org/st-peters-church-history.  I had gone a few times before and my mom had gone often.  It was always full.  Why was it always full.  Today I realized why.  First off, the church itself has great energy, it’s not garish, but is lovely, great symmetry. Second, the clergy and staff make it home, present the liturgy and music in a way that is heartfelt, like today when the bishop sincerely said he loved hearing the crying of children during Mass.  Then there is the Eucharist.  I don’t think I realized the power of relationship to Christ and the solemnity of it that the Catholic church teaches until today.  It’s not about feeling good woodstock hippy woo woo yippy ya yeah kind of feel good feeling, the Mass, Eucharist, it’s about solemn Covenant, Relationship.  As for being bored, that’s up to you because if you don’t sing, pray, fully give your heart, spirit and soul to the Mass, to the homily, to hearing the message then yes you will be bored and that is your responsibility not of the clergy or staff.  The Mass, Pastor, Church are not there to entertain you or make you feel good and high in the sky but to teach you something and if necessary awaken your conscience to your sin and also God’s mercy, but first to sin, to the reality of the Trinity, of Sin, Consequence and then also Mercy, in that order.  Catholicism does that, but they do need to do so connecting not only to the head, the intellectual, but also to the heart and doing a much better job of evangelizing, much better job.