A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
June 30, 2020
How We Dress For Mass Does Matter!
June 22, 2017
Why? Because it speaks to the importance of what we come to do and who we come to honor and worship as a People of God. It speaks of the dignity and respect that we show as we come before God and prepare to receive Him in the Eucharist. It also speaks to the dignity and respect for those with whom we share community.
Now there are some who would say: God doesn’t care how we are dressed, he does not judge us by the clothes we wear and I would have to agree with that. However, the clothes we wear have the potential to speak of who we are or what we believe is important. I fully understand that we do not all have the same resources or budgets when it comes to our wardrobe, but I am not speaking here of the quality of the clothes, I am speaking more of the modesty.
You and I have witnessed, probably more than once the revealing and low cut blouses, the strapless halter top or the extremely short skirt or short shorts and have been distracted by it at Mass. Or perhaps we have sat behind someone wearing a t-shirt that carried a message of poor taste or one that was offensive to others. What we wear and how we present ourselves does matter. I wish it were not so, but we are judged by our cover; it seems it is a condition of our society. And right or wrong, what we wear can and does affect others and our relationships within a community, any community.
Let us suppose you were preparing for a job interview, would you wear the clothing that you put on to go to a ballgame or the beach? If you had an appointment with your banker to seek approval for a loan, would you wear short shorts and a halter top, or a t-shirt professing your desire to be a beach bum?
Let us all consider this: If we knew that when we opened the door of our church we would meet Jesus face to face, what would we choose to be wearing? How would you want to appear as you stood before Him?
Be assured, you are meeting Jesus at church! And when we gather to prepare as a People of God to receive him in the Eucharist; it is real! We are standing before Him! There is no one that deserves more respect and honor than God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Let us all think about this as we prepare to attend Mass. And for those who assist in distributing Communion; your attention to this matter is essential for you are entrusted with carrying the Blessed
Sacrament and the Sacred Blood of Christ. In addition to the way you dress, you must consider appropriate footwear for the safe-keeping of the Sacrament. Further, I would encourage parents and grandparents to have a heart to heart talk with your children about this, not because of what other people think, but because we owe the utmost respect to Jesus Christ and His Church.