Jesus and the apostles fed the multitudes with only a few loaves and fishes. But they started with real loaves and fishes and made more. And the crowds were fed.
Yesterday we went to the Teen Mass, as it was the only Mass we could make it to.
The homily conveyed Christ without the cross, heaven without hell, joy without suffering.
The music was worse than usual, and it's always bad.
The congregation were hovering somewhere between outright somnolence and simple boredom, closer perhaps to "quiet desperation".
And at one point I thought,
Why are so many people here? Do they believe in the Real Presence of Christ? But even if they do, they are never told who He is. How can they receive in communion someone they don't know the first thing about?
The first reading, from Macabees, was gelded, sanitized, vitiated - with the stamp of approval of the bishops.
The three girls singing at the mic up front the whole time are out of tune, over-amplified, shrill, annoying - and the center of attention. The songs never stop and they're performing, not serving. The Mass is about them, and if not about them, then what is it about?
The 15-year-old lector mispronounces and stumbles over words and hasn't a clue of even the superficial meaning of what she's saying.
At the homily, we are assured by the priest that we will all attain eternal life in heaven and that it will be wonderful - meaning, I assume, nothing like this.
And speaking of nothing, there is nothing here that bears any relation to real life. There is not only no miraculous feeding of the multitudes, there's no small basket of loaves and fish to start with, no small supply to fret over. There's simply nothing.
Why are these people here? If Catholics weren't required to go to Sunday Mass, and if we didn't have this strange credulity toward anyone in a collar, we'd simply find something that was substantial and real - as more than 70% of Catholics do every Sunday anyway.
Yes, Christ is on the altar - but hidden and in a very tangible way denied.
Why on earth is anyone here? Jesus answered, "Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill." (John 6:26) But is it not more miraculous that they are still there even when they are given no loaves and sent away hungry - week after week?