Poem: WALKING HOME LATE FROM CHURCH FOLLOWING MASS OF EASTER VIGIL
So many of our young people have long since given up on Church, attending only on special occasions like christenings, weddings and funerals.
Pastoral opportunities? Maybe. Opportunities at least, to offer a heartfelt welcome, abundant liturgical hospitality.
WALKING HOME LATE FROM CHURCH
FOLLOWING MASS OF EASTER VIGIL
Walking home late
from our Easter Vigil Mass,
I blundered into a bunch of youngsters
outside our local Carry-Out.
Sorry mate, one of them staggering back into me,
as I side-stepped past.
Rowdy and ravenous for kebabs,
I felt strangely unthreatened.
Realising then that the Easter Homily
I had just so smugly delivered,
Was as far removed from their life-experience
as it was possible to be.
I arrived home, less than filled with Easter joy,
Nothing more to say or add.
Very poignant and shows a great deal of self awareness. It’s a starting point, Michael. I admire your honesty! We have all been there thinking we have delivered on what we set out to do. The struggle goes on but you have a better chance of reaching out to the youngsters now having realised that so much of what goes on in our cozy church services just doesn’t relate to the reality of people’s lives. Those few heartfelt, honest words of yours struck a note with this struggler too. I wish you well. Bail ó Dhia ar an obair. Never give up.?