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A Realistic View of Myself

Jesus Unrolls the Book in the Synagogue James Tissot – via Wiki Common

Jesus Unrolls the Book in the Synagogue James Tissot – via Wiki Common

Once upon a time, a good friend of mine, now deceased, was walking in downtown Chicago. He entered a store with a narrow hallway leading to the front door.  My friend was always interested in people so he took an estimation of a man approaching him in the hallway.  My friend said to himself, “With those sagging shoulders and shuffling walk, he looks like an ex-football player out of condition.”

Suddenly, to his embarrassment, he realized he was walking towards a large mirror on the front door of a store down the hallway. The “out of condition football player” was really himself.  How good for us to take a step aside, at times, and review our attitudes towards life!

 The message of the Gospels gives us good material for insights into our attitude towards our weekend Mass and worship of God.  Jesus, using the words of the prophet Isaiah, “I have come to offer good news to the poor” said during one of his weekly visits, “These words are fulfilled in Me.”  The Nazareth congregation stood stunned.  He applied the Scripture to Himself.  We should do the same.

Yes, Jesus of Nazareth, despite working miracles all week long, never missed His weekly Sabbath worship in the local synagogues wherever His travels took Him. We question ourselves . . . Do we look forward with excitement to our Sabbath worship of God, the Giver of all good gifts?  Or, has this Great Event of the week turned into a mere routine action, something that has to be done?

We can build up our appreciation of our weekly Sabbath Mass if we put our minds to it. Some sure fire ways to help . . .

  • Arrive 15 minutes before Mass starts (Parking will be easy)
  • Choose a pew close to the altar (Fewer distractions there)
  • Wear out best or near best clothes (You’ll feel so clean and happy)
  • Take up a Missalette and read the Scriptures of the Mass (You’ll be prepared)
  • God speaks to us through Scripture
  • What is God saying to us today in these inspired Words?
  • Stay a little longer, socialize and participate in fellowship with your friends (Leaving the parking lot will be easier)


Build up an expectation that the Mass could profoundly transform our lives if we made extra efforts . . . such as those listed above.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

March 13, 2016 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , ,


  1. Thank you Fr. McKenna for the suggestions. May you have a blest St. Patrick & St. Joseph’s Day this week. Pam Gervais

    Comment by Pamela Gervais | March 13, 2016 | Reply

  2. Good advice! It truly works! Thank you Father McKenna and Happy St Patrick’s Day. Nan B

    Comment by Nan Brennan | March 14, 2016 | Reply

  3. I love this one Uncle George

    Comment by Mike McKenna | March 14, 2016 | Reply

  4. Hi Fr. George – me, as usual, catching up on your posts. I do love this story! Our priest has put in each pew, something similar to what you describe above. Guidelines for a richer experience at mass. I can’t say that I always arrive early – but I do try to fully participate in mass. So many times in the past, I just went thru the motions, very robotic and with my mind wandering. It is true what they say – when people say, I just don’t get anything out of mass, it is because they are not putting anything INTO it! I know I was that way for many, many years. Now, completely different. I just let the words come into my heart and really FEEL the readings and the Gospel. And the Eucharistic prayers, especially – those words mean so much when you fully understand and take them in. Then, approaching the altar, I do feel as if Jesus is there!

    Also, I have read the words of St. Faustina – and her diary. And in it, she speaks of seeing the infant Jesus up next to the priest when he prepared the Host. And that visual, of having Jesus up there with the priest – that is in my mind a lot of the time. So, very good advice that you have given us! I have only been present when you presided over mass two times, but both times were rich and memorable for me. Your two homily’s spoke more to me than many other sermons ever even came close to. So, now, with God’s grace, we are still able to hear you preach via this blog! Thank you for your writing and for keeping this blog going. What a GIFT!

    Love you!


    Comment by nancywest22 | March 26, 2016 | Reply

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