I have noticed that at the Spanish Mass, not many go up for Communion, but at the English Mass, almost everyone does. If someone does not go up, they are usually of Hispanic background.
So this makes English speakers feel awkward if they “can’t” receive–if they are not Catholic, if they are in some sort of possibly objectively sinful relationship. This feeling of discomfort and exclusion maies them feel unwelcome.
That’s what I suspect, at any rate.
Well, what about those of us who receive every week? Are we always that free from sin? Just because our sins are private, and we avoid Confession, means we can just follow the crowd like sheep. First, is this how we ought to be receiving Our Lord? Without serious consideration?
Secondly, however, if people are receiving simply because their sin is never pointed out, then that’s wrong. And it makes those with public sin feel bad.
I think we ought to examine our consciences and refrain from receiving more often. Priests ought to say this from the pulpit, and they ought to also point out that people ought to refrain when they have broken the fast, so no one should get any ideas because someone is not receiving.
Then we would always have people who are not receiving, so maybe that would be more welcoming to those who are known to be unable to.
I have heard from old-time Catholics that there were women who had no choice for survival for their children but to commit prostitution. They would go to Mass every week, but not partake of the Eucharist. They would pray that this bad life would end for them, so they could retuen to the sacraments.
If we are all on a journey, then maybe we need to think that for some, the first step is to begin to attend Mass, to pray. They may not be ready for the Eucharist yet, so we should make it easier for them to come to Mass and not feel like they are sticking out.