Come As You Are Party
When I came out of the side door from Sunday Mass this morning, I notice a group of bicycles. I'd say between 5-10 bikes were parked on the lawn. I thought it rather nice that a family, or a bike club, stopped at Mass, on the way to their bike excursion. Mass was crowded so I didn't notice any people wearing bike gear, but I'm sure that if they bicycled to church, the women weren't wearing dresses, high heels, and mantillas, nor the men wearing business suits.
Believe me or not, this led me to a meditation. Does God care how we dress to worship Him?
It depends. If church is a special occasion for you, then yes, dress for God. This is special.
However, if church is something you do every day, even two or three times a day, then going to church isn't a special occasion; it's more like "home." Before I retired, I went to daily Mass, stopped back into church to pray on my lunch hour, then more often than not, had to go back to church, at night, for prayer group, or Bible study, or book club, or women's club, etc. You get the idea?
I think it's nice to see a cop at church, or any uniform at Mass. It shows that this man or woman thinks going to Mass before work, is an important way to start their day. I think the same for kids in sports' uniforms.
Not to mention the poor homeless people that frequent our Masses. I don't want them ever to feel unwanted because they aren't dressed properly.
So when I think of it. Everyone is welcome to Mass. Our church is universal and that means everyone is welcome. Come as you are.
One of my favorite Masses is St. Rocco's Mass. My parish puts on an Italian Festa every year. Father celebrates a very late Mass on Saturday for the workers. It's after the fair closes on Saturday, like 10:00 PM. We workers all go dressed in our work clothes. When I look around I see people wearing aprons, security uniforms, kids with face paint on, cops, clowns, and all of us tired, sweaty, and devout. It reminds me of the kind of people Jesus attracted. The Catholic Church is composed of all, not just the "dressed up."