Blubbering Man – Good News for January 2

2 01 2009

Psalms 98:3

All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

The Daily Path: Anyone who has read Good News To-Go! over the past months will understand that I have come to find great comfort in God. I’ve experienced some wonderful moments in prayer and have been especially touched at Mass. While I never stopped having conversations with God, I viewed going to Mass as an obligation that I did not necessarily  enjoy fulfilling. Yesterday’s Mass demonstrated how much my perspective has changed.  

Almost from the moment I knelt down in the pew to prepare my mind and open my heart before the start of Mass, I was moved with great emotion. I suddenly felt Christ’s love all around me. Something that I can only describe as an incredible swell of joy overcame me. To someone who has not experienced this before, you might think that I’m just a whack-o. I assure you I’m not. As I fought back the tears people around me may have wondered what was the matter. I think I was wondering myself. 

During his sermon, our pastor shared something that I found to be quite profound. It really applies to me and what I was experiencing yesterday and throughout my renewal. His point was this, Mary didn’t fully understand everything that was happening in the time surrounding the conception and birth of Jesus. The gospel of Luke 2:19 reads: “And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” Like Mary, I don’t fully understand how and why God is working in me. But I accept that He is and trust in Him. I know that my conversations with God and Mass make me joyful and I believe that joy is a true sign of God’s presence… the saving presence that we are all called to witness.

The next time you see the blubbering man in church, don’t be alarmed. He may just be feeling the joy.

Room to Chat: If you still read a morning newspaper in print, why not say an Our Father as you walk outside on your way to pick it up?