“In today’s Gospel, Jesus calls us beyond our fears and insecurities.”  This was this week’s particularly mealy-mouthed gloss on the Sunday Gospel reading:

Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.  Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s will.  But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.  Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.  So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

Calls us beyond our insecurities?  Really?  Sounds more like a repudiation of our enemies through acceptance of martyrdom, lest we be denied before our Father.  Which, by the way, is the scariest verse in the entire Bible.  But I shouldn’t be insecure about my pimples too.  That’s true.

Oh.  And our parish has recently (apparently; no real announcement yet) decided to curtail adoration of the exposed Blessed Sacrament to the hours of 9-1 during the summer.  1-7 is temporarily cancelled.  Putatively because there were a few spots that they couldn’t fill.  And I suppose they will try again once people are done gadding about during the summer.  But this upsets me.  Could we not have at least tried to fill the spots?  Other than through announcements in the sparsely-read bulletin?  Like, maybe a couple of calls from the altar for some extra adorers.  Because, you know, adoration is kinda important.  But no, all we get are calls to buy Football Mania tickets.  I see the priorities.

Bottom line message conveyed to our parish: Jesus is not as important during the summer months.  Ice cream is very important.  Adoration of Jesus, not so much.


~ by Rob on June 23, 2008.

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