Wednesday, May 26, 2010

An Experiment for the Weekend

For decades (centuries, actually) we've talked about a one hour fast before Mass. And I have to say, growing up I never really "got" that. Sounded like a rule without a purpose. What does it matter whether you've had a banana 30 minutes before Mass?

And you know what, maybe it is a hanger-on from another era, with no real relevance today.

For some of us, the best way to find out is to experiment for ourselves. So, here's a little something you might try this weekend: before Mass, have something to eat. It doesn't have to be a lot, but if it were filling, that would be great. Do that, and then just pay attention to your own experience of receiving communion. Does the fact that you've eaten something impact your reception (either for good or for ill)?

Try it, and we'll talk on Monday.

Have a good weekend!


Anonymous said...

I had a little candy bar (I guess that was enough), went to Mass, and all I can really say, it had no impact at all, not positive or negative. Receiving communion was, as always, wonderful experience. With or without candy bars. Although, I usually respect the "rule" of not eating anything 60 minutes before Mass. And no,I don't quite get it either.
Is that something...bad or disrespectful? And if so, why?

Btw, love your blogs, Father. Fun, funny and smart.


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