From The Hand of Fr. Aaron Ferris…For May 13, 2018

I have noticed something over the past few weeks. I have noticed a sizable uptick in the noise level in church, especially after Mass. I know I haven’t talked about it for a while, so I guess this is the time to talk about it.

Is there something dreadfully sinful about talking in church? No. There are times we need to communicate with someone while we are in church. Parents need to give instructions to their children. Part of religious education and RCIA is familiarizing people with the different aspects of the church. There can be real reasons for it.

The regular talking in church, though, does bespeak a lack of charity. Is Father just getting nitpicky? No. The church is a sacred place. It is a place where Sacraments happen, where God enters into our world and into our lives in dramatic ways. Stepping into church means stepping out of the ordinary and mundane aspects of our lives into a place that has been set aside for the sacred and transcendent. It is no idle phrase to call the church “God’s House.” It is an awesome place.

Not only is the church a place where the most important events of our lives happen, it is the place where Jesus resides in our midst. There, in the Tabernacle, is Jesus, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. As God’s House, it is not just a place where we gather for important events, like going to mom and dad’s house for Thanksgiving. This is the place where the awesome Creator of the universe dwells. Scripture is replete with examples of those who come into God’s presence falling down as though dead. While we may not have the same visceral experience as they because of the hidden nature of God’s presence, it is no less real. How do we respond to the presence of the Lord?

I mentioned earlier that this behavior often bespeaks a lack of charity. What is the first and greatest commandment? To love God with all that we are above everything else (my paraphrase). If God is right there, the God to whom we owe everything, the God to whom we owe love above everything else, are we showing that when in His presence we are making plans for lunch next Wednesday?

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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