i was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to how i should respond to this situation i experienced this weekend:
i was spending the weekend at a bed and breakfast in the mountains with friends of my wife and one of them jokingly suggested i skip mass in order to go hiking with them instead. “you will be closer to god on top of a mountain anyway” he said only slightly facetiously. like most of the people i know, he takes a dim view of organized religion and i think he enjoys teasing me about it.
i just smiled and ignored him, but is there a better way to explain without seeming too humorless why god is more present at mass than in nature? i could have brought up the real presence but then he probably would have mocked that and i would have been hurt and angry.