Inside Out

Daily Mass: I used to think this was only for the very elderly (read: on death’s door, and needing expedited clearance to heaven) or very extreme Jesus freaks.

Today, I joined them.

I was snared by a line I heard at school this morning: Communion will cleanse your soul.

Really? Well… who doesn’t need that? Okay, I’ll go.

(Mass is at 8:30 a.m. and I pass it at just that time. How can I say no?)

Now, I don’t think my soul is perfectly polished after today’s Mass. Far from it. But I did learn a few things:

  1. Yes, there are a lot of elderly folks in Mass. But, they are very nice and friendly, at least in my church. And not all are about to leave this world.
  2. In today’s Gospel today Jesus calls the Pharisees ‘fools’ for paying so much attention to washing cups,  plates and hands, while simultaneously harboring ‘plunder and evil’ inside themselves. “Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside?” A straightforward reminder that it is not the appearance of goodness that matters, it is the reality. If God is invited into our hearts, the goodness will be real and true.  It is not necessary to proclaim yourself a ‘good’ person, just be one. It will be evident.
  3. Daily Mass is quick! We were finished by 8:55 a.m.  That was bang for my buck (and they didn’t even take a buck — no collection.)
  4. The start of my day was much calmer for this time of prayer and reflection.  I really enjoyed that.

And, oops, after running a few errands, then heading home I checked my calendar… I missed a coffee morning for school that I was supposed to be at after Mass.  Ah, well, at least I was calm about it.


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