[quote=msaenz]Let’s give credit where credit is due, Protestants do a better job of wearing their “sunday best” to church…and they don’t even receive Jesus in the Eucharist like we do.
My husband left Protestantism and joined me in the Catholic faith when we got married, in part because of the shallowness and emptiness he experienced in Protestantism. While a boy, his family made sure he always was properly dressed, then put on display for the neighbors: “see how much we love Jesus - we always try to dress better than anyone else.”
He had so much resentment for a “fashion parade” church that, when he started going to Mass with me, he always wore his filthiest, rattiest, holes-in-the-knees jeans. Basically, he wanted to find out if I believed his clothing was more important than his soul. Eventually I was able to get him to dress more decently, but only after I threw away those jeans!
Personally, I’ve tried to take a more reverential approach. There is an old song I know, “We are poor but we’ve brought ourselves as best as we could. We are yours, we are yours.” My dress symbolizes my attitude of respect: Mt 22:11-13 " “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment; and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.’”