Reading: Exodus 11:10-12:14

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 116:12-13,15-18

Gospel: Matthew 12:1-8

Homily: Focus was on the first reading, Fr. Tom bid us think back to the times when we have allowed ourselves to be an instrument of God’s mercy… and then the times when we have stood as Pharoah did, when we stood as an obstacle to His mercy. He bid us reflect on the times when we have kept God’s mercy from reaching our friends, our family, our neighbors… and ourselves.

~ notes ~

:) I saw/heard Marley again.

*sigh* I’m 18 and I still haven’t been to a Latin Mass. Something that needs doing before I’m much older…

There’s something so beautifully supernatural about singing the Agnus Dei….

I thought of Italy and the conversation I had with Mum about how the Cathedrals inspire reverence and a holy and respectful silence, while ‘modern’ churches seem all too… familiar. I do remember that, one one occasion where they had more ‘modern’ music at a Mass in one of the Cathedrals in Rome, it felt out of place in such a formal setting. But then, even in a ‘modern’ Church, ‘modern’ music doesn’t seem to fit in the Mass, period.

How does it work, then, that the drums at the 8 AM Mass make me want to cringe slightly, and yet this —

— doesn’t seem out of place at all? Is it the venue, the priest, the response of the congregation, what? Not something I’ve quite figured out. Probably because it’s a combination of those things… but how do you determine?


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