Thursday, April 09, 2009

Trained Congregation

Maundy Thursday, 2009.

And if you read this before 8:45 a.m. EST, have a kind thought or good prayer for my daughter, who is having a gastroscopy done this morning to try and pinpoint the source of her frequent and crippling stomach pains. Mom and I have taken the day off work to help her through this. It's kind of scary for a 14-year old.

It's even more scary to think that she might have worried herself into an ulcer at her tender age. Way too much stress on kids these days.

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At the start of every Mass, our priest always did the same thing. He would make the sign of the Cross, and then we'd sing a hymn, followed by the priest offering a blessing along the lines of, "May the Lord be with you this day," after which the congregation would respond, "And also with you."

One Sunday, after making the sign of the cross, the priest seemed to be having some trouble getting his lapel microphone to stay in place. After the song concluded, instead of the blessing, we heard him say, "There seems to be something wrong with my microphone."

The congregation, being too well-trained, automatically responded, "And also with you...."

[Joe's Clean Laffs]


WISDOM for YOUR WEEK: "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others." (Philippians 2:3-4)


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