Condemning Bananality (Yes... the second word is spelled that way for a reason.)
In a casual conversation this past Saturday evening (anticipated Sunday), someone who attended a Mass the previous weekend noted that the stand-in celebrant used a piece of fruit in his homily, no doubt to illustrate a point that couldn't be clarified using those mundane things known as words. A banana! A homily on the fruits of the Holy Spirit? Nope. It was a prop the priest used as a telephone to "speak to God", metaphorically speaking, of course. Welcome to the Diocese of Victoria, BC. BC, as in, beyond crazy. Pax et bananum, eh.When Mass is broken, it is very easy to become discouraged by the apathy and complicity of one's brothers and sisters who permit or willingly promote liturgical abuses of one kind or another.
Don't get in a huff. Don't sweat the small stuff.
There is simply no excuse for treating the Mass as a casual social event. The Mass is the Sacrifice of Calvary. Dear People of God—flectamus genua! Kneel in adoration and thanksgiving in the presence of God, the Most Holy Trinity!
Who do you say Jesus is? What do you say the Mass is?Rubrics really do matter. Without the rubrics the Mass becomes easily manipulated to conform it and worshippers to a caricature of Christ and His Church, quite possibly a gnostic Jesus amidst heretical understandings about the Church and one's (lax) commitment to her. Lest there be any doubt about the veracity of that statement, take a look around you during Mass on any given Sunday in most parishes where the rubrics are discarded (the same rubrics which guide the reverent celebration of the Incarnate Word!) and you will see a sadly uninformed, perhaps deliberately misinformed and irreverent congregation, a situation made possible largely due to a lack of adequate formation in right worship. Or, is that 'rite' worship? Liturgical catechesis is the long overlooked aspect of Christian formation in our day. Given the weakness of so many parish adult formation programs, RCIA should stand for the Right to Christian Ignorance and Apathy.
Here's a thought: the New Evangelization should require authentic and thorough liturgical formation. No child nor any adult should lack formation in the truth of the Real Presence, for starters.