Tuesday, April 6, 2010
We Are All In This Together
We had not planned to but my daughter asked, and how often does that happen? Father Tim is usually worth the price of admission. This Sunday, more so than normal though.
After the homily he stopped and said,
"Now we're going to do something different I tried last year, and well, I liked it so we're going to do it again."
I'll tell you, I'm not really about "doing different" things at church. I'm a somewhat self-conscious participant. Church is not always comfortable for me. I just want to sit and listen (not a good choice for a Catholic....) I practically get sweaty during the sign of peace. I don't really want to touch strangers and sometimes they hug a little. It's kind of uncomfortable for me. I don't know why. So the thought of "doing something different" wasn't a thrilling prospect.
I do not want curve balls at church.
After we quieted down he told us that he was going to ask us to stand at the appropriate time and to picture in our hearts the loved ones he mentioned.
He then asked all of the people who had a lost a child to stand up.
Very quietly and slowly a small group of people, young and old stood up.
We all looked at them, most of us, hardly able to imagine the pain they've seen.
Then he asked you to stand if you had lost your mother.
And then if you had lost your father.
It was all very quiet. More people rose.
Spouses were next.
Brothers and Sisters
By the time he reached Grandparents everyone was up.
And quietly and clearly and with reverence he said, "Look around you, notice we really ARE all in this together."
And for someone uncomfortable with the sign of peace, hardly being able to control my tears was a real shock to me. Crying in church is definitely harder for me than touching strangers.
Maybe if you participated in this excercies before it would not be so emotional but there was something so moving about the energy in that room. Something so real.
We are all in this together and we are really all that we have.
It's so very easy to forget this sometimes. It was the best church service I've ever been to.
3 days later I'm still thinking about it.
Peace be with you.