This Sunday I attended two different worship services. I went to a Roman Catholic Church as well as my old evangelical one. I enjoyed the RC one even though I really didn’t know what was going on sometimes. I didn’t know what to say when the congregation responded in unison. I thought the message was short and well done. The sanctuary was much more attractive than your average evangelical place of worship. The service was devoid of all forms of hype or emotional manipulation. That was a welcome change.
I found myself wishing I could be part of the church that traces its history back to Jesus. The priest was very fair and thoughtful in his message about the word of God. He gave credit to the reformers for bringing the church back to the word of God. He also said that the church pre-Vatican II was apprehensive about having people interpret the bible on their own because it would result in more division. I thought it was a pretty good point. That is exactly what happened.
I was grieved somewhat after church. We lose so much when we isolate ourselves. I’ve been a Christian for half my life now and this is the first time I’ve been to Mass. I think that is kind of sad. I don’t think we should erase the theological distinctiveness of our faith traditions but we need to move beyond our isolationism.