Another wonderful Sensational Sunday…Dinosaur once again racing to get into church-he is such a happy child.
The morning was colder than usual but what a beautiful fall day. Dinosaur happily sat down and asked politely for his snacks. If you have read my previous Sensational Sunday posts, you know I let him eat and play with his toys in church. I know he is listening to the mass, I know he is paying attention in his own way. As long as he attends church and has faith, does it matter what keeps him next to me?
The priest spoke about St. Francis of Assisi and seeing God in every person. He spoke how Jesus became upset with his disciples when they pushed parents away who wanted Jesus to lay hands on their children. Jesus reminded them that God is in every person, that faith has no age limit. I looked around overjoyed to see all the children in mass with their families. Each family, like me wanting our child/children to live a faithFUL life and understanding what is means to be a Catholic, and how to be a good person. It’s not easy getting kids out of the house and having them sit in mass for an hour. It is not easy keeping them quiet when they need to be constantly moving. We do it though, because we believe, we have faith and want our children to have faith as well.
It hurts me when I see people looking at the children in mass and shaking their heads. Children make noise, they celebrate in their innocence and simple joys in life. As parishioners we should be welcoming families into church not getting upset with them. It breaks my heart that my son might see an adult getting annoyed at a family. It breaks my heart when my son walks up to a person to shake their hand say “peace you” and they ignore him. How do I explain to my son, who is saddened by the man ignoring him just because he is a child? How do I help him see God in every person, when there are people who do not let goodness into their hearts?
Despite the disappointment, he is still smiles and find the next person to shake hands with…I hope his joy and love NEVER leaves his soul. He is my inspiration.