Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Receiving Our Joy

Pope Francis was recently quoted as saying that "Sometimes these melancholic Christians' faces have more in common with pickled peppers than the joy of having a beautiful life."(homily, May 10, 2013)
I once heard a speaker say that too many people walk around church like they have been baptized in "pickle juice." Where is the joy, she asked?
Several years ago my husband and I were attending Mass at a church out of town. It was tourist season and the parish was holding an extra Mass in their parish hall.
During communion, we were seated behind one of the priests distributing communion so I had a good look at everyone's face as they came up to receive the Body of Christ.
Almost every single person had a sour look. Pickle juice.

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  1. Perspective is so important. We had a visiting priest this week from Uganda, and he said he couldn't believe we had running water in our homes.

    We have so much to be thankful for ... not the least of which is our Faith.

    God Bless you.

  2. Thanks, Michael. You are so right.
    However, as far as showing joy on our faces, we just do not think about how we look. OR that it is OK to look and feel joyful. Is it irreverent to show joy? I don't think so. And sometimes we don't feel joy. Sometimes we just want to cry. That is ok too.

  3. We might be showing peace of heart rather than joy, but we shouldn't be frowning when we receive Our Lord. Not if we know He is really present in the Eucharist.