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.