Imagine if you invited a bunch people to your house for a celebration and most of them left their coats on? Now you know how Jesus must feel.
Iâ€™ve noticed that maybe 70 percent of the people at my church donâ€™t shed their outerwear during mass. It canâ€™t be that theyâ€™re cold, because the temperature during heating season is always comfortable. Summerâ€™s a different story; the parishâ€™s lack of air conditioning is worth its own blog post.
Over the years, the Catholic Mass has not really been about comfort, what with all the annoying kneeling and standing. I was told as a child that this is so you donâ€™t fall asleep. But whatâ€™s with wearing the coats? All I can figure is that people do not feel welcome. Or perhaps theyâ€™re just waiting to be asked to take them off.
Jesus was not a guy to stand on ceremony. If he could see todayâ€™s church, with all of its formal adornment, ring kissing, and Papal palaces he wouldnâ€™t be happy. He was not about fancy schmantzy nonsense, but was more of a down to earth guy.
If Jesus saw you in church with your coat on, heâ€™d suggest you take it off. Then, one of the apostles would write about it and it would be scripture — andÂ nobody would ever leave their coat on.