Today is the 1 Class Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. In the new calendar we call it merely a solemnity. Same feast new name. To mark the occasion I went, for the first time since becoming Catholic, to my local parish for a daily mass. It marks a big step for me since I pretty much avoided doing this until now. In a small town people “talk” and regardless of what they might say good or bad, (hopefully not bad!) I’d just rather have them not say anything at all. You all get the drift.
But I have really been feeling the call to attend the daily. Every morning I have for several weeks I’ve been waking up and thinking “you could make it” or “you could have gone today”. I figured the feast was a good excuse as any to push myself out the door.
Anyway so I went and arrived at 8:01am and they were already at the Confiteor. It never fails to amuse me how quick the Liturgy of the Word goes in the new mass. Without the prayers at the foot of the altar you can be five minutes late and have missed enough of mass so that it won’t count to fulfill your Sunday obligation. But I digress…
It was a really great experience and I will be going back. I counted 20 people including the priest. After mass he mentioned he was meeting with the Bishop today and had invited him to say mass tomorrow morning because he loved us. What a nice thing or a priest to say. So I’m definitely going to back tomorrow because the Bishop agreed to say the daily mass. What a treat to attend such an intimate mass with your Bishop eh? I knew I would be rewarded in some fashion for taking the step to go to the daily. It appears this is a nice welcome gift.
But this also marks another new step for me. About a month or two ago now I was moved to begin volunteering at the adoration chapel. I also received word this week that my organ work may be receiving a substantial boost. Now this. Daily mass of all things. Pray that I keep it up. But I have to wonder, what’s next?