Mass and masses of family

      “Those who are late for breakfast and late in breaking camp are not worthy of the kingdom of God.”

So rumbled my brother the punctual monsignor, as we arrived for Mass on Sunday at Lake Maria State Park, the site of our family reunion, and discovered that we were not the only late ones.  A lovely part of visiting my family up north is getting to participate sometimes at Masses celebrated by my brother and attended by lots of siblings and nieces and nephews.

Msgr. Joe vesting in the "holy of holies," which baby John seemed determined to push over.  My sister's generous interpretation was that he was afire to approach the altar of the Lord.

Msgr. Joe getting ready in the “holy of holies,” which baby John seemed determined either to enter or push over. My sister Jacinta’s generous interpretation was that baby John was on fire to approach the altar of the Lord.

The congregation

Some of the congregation

Msgr. Joe threatened to make the foregoing the theme of his homily, but he was just teasing. He spoke on Elijah and Elisha and answering God’s call in one’s life.  It was a good homily; but I liked his of two weeks before even better, when the gospel reading was about Mary Magdalene, where among other things he said:

      “Notice Jesus’ words to her.  He didn’t say, ‘Go, and mourn what you have done.’ He said, ‘Go in peace’ . . .”
      “He delights in us; he delights in forgiving us.”

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