They recognized Him in the breaking of the bread! Isn't that great!! Just like we do!!!
Except we don't.
It's hard to be frank on this subject without sounding bitter or becoming bitter, but if we are challenged to bear our cross daily, then we dare not ignore the cross or pretend as if it's not there.
And our cross in the Catholic Church is this. The Catholic Church, at the parish level, is hardly recognizable as a Church. We don't recognize Jesus in the breaking of the bread. We don't recognize Jesus.
As a rule, there are three types of homilies that you'll hear at 90% of American Catholic parishes across the country (and I have, remember, been to Mass all over the country, to hundreds and hundreds of different parishes over the years, and I am speaking from experience). The three types of homilies (with rare exceptions) are ...
- The homilies that don't make any sense.
- The homilies that make sense, but that portray Jesus as a vague nice guy who always loves us no matter what we do with a love that's indulgent like the love of suburban parents for their fornicating and depressed teenage children who are binge drinking and who get pulled over and arrested, but who get bailed out by daddy's good lawyer whenever they get in trouble: a love that is benign and ultimately neglectful.
- The homilies that are a combination of #1 and #2.
- It's not like that at my church! I go to St. Somewhere, and it's great at St. Somewhere!
- You are so judgmental. You need to go to confession.
- Why are you complaining? I love the music at Mass.
UPDATE - By coincidence, a Facebook friend, who is apparently a priest in Africa, has posted this ...
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