I went to Mass today, I promise! This is what I wore:
Because I got nothing out of Mass.
My head wasn’t in the game today.
What was the reason?
I was child-wrangling today.
In the remote off-chance our chaplain actually reads this, I got nothing out of his homily – it didn’t speak to me at all – because I didn’t get to listen. There was no major ah-ha moment today, the choir did their usual good job but failed to understand lift me, and I went through the prayers monotonously.
Little Miss ripped the Missalette today.
I just remembered I forgot to take it aside after Mass.
She screeched, which she does when she’s happy, sad, angry, or simply trying to talk (and mimic) other babies.
She sang songs.
She nursed – and almost allowed herself to fall asleep.
She read her board books – or, demanded we read them. She even beaned her brother upside the eyebrow with a board book, demanding he read the “Baby Jesus Touch-and-Feel Storybook.”
Her brother had to go to the bathroom during the Collection of gifts – thankfully, my husband is on bathroom duty during church.
Her brother tried to claim to be, “too tired,” and briefly feigned poses reminiscent of limp noodles – until he was threatened to not be allowed to attend the CCD party after Mass.
And yet, we still went to Mass.
Regardless of the outcome of so many Masses in which I walk out unrefreshed, unrejuvenated, and thinking I got nothing, I know I received something.
I received a few gifts today:
- A gift of hearing other parents frantically shushing their own children – of knowing I am not alone!
- A gift of the sounds of a church filled with little ones – knowing my Church is alive and has a future!
- A gift of fellowship – having faith those around me were praying for me, for my children, and for each other!
Had I not attended Mass today, I also wouldn’t have received the most precious gift out there – the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ!
So, I took my Guardian Angel to Mass today.
Did I feel as though I got something? Definitely not – not in the slightest.
But, I know I got several things out of Mass!
Church may be rote and unenthusiastic at times. It may be downright unwelcoming. Yet, when I committed to the notion that I, “want to be Catholic,” I made a commitment to the Church, and to God.
He is my priority.
And, He is just grateful we all attended Mass today. Together, as a family upon which He is the rock.
And, having faith that He is pleased makes all the difference today.
I’m linking up with Rosie at A Blog for My Mom as part of her “My Sunday Best” series. Click the link to her blog to see what other fabulous ladies wore for Mass today, and don’t forget to post your own pictures and/or link up your own blog about your outfit, your thoughts on today’s readings, and/or your Mass experience! As Rosie says, anything goes, “As long as you wore your outfit to church.”