Reeson’s Ramblings :: Jan 22, 2017
A priest was once delivering his homily when a child began to cry. The priest simply spoke louder to be heard above the child’s fussing. Then the child began to cry more loudly. The priest raised his voice to be heard above the higher volume of the child. Finally the mother got up to leave with the fussy baby. The priest stopped his homily and told the mother that she did not need to leave as the baby’s fussing was not bothering him. To this the woman replied, “My baby’s fussing may not be bothering you, but you screaming your homily is sure bothering my baby.”
At many of the deployments I served while in the military, the congregations consisted of mainly 18 to 30 year old members of the military. At one deployment in Kuwait, a family with 4 children would came to Mass occasionally when not attending Mass at the local church in the city. The military members were delighted to see and hear the children, even their baby who could sometimes be fussy. The sound of a child fussing was music to our ears and reminded us of being at our home parishes.
At St. Columbkille parish we are blessed to have a multitude of children. I trust that our parish will always do whatever we can to make the children and their parents feel most welcome. In Matthew 19:14. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”.