[quote=awalt]IMHO I think this is the Plan of how God wants it? Wasn’t Jesus dying on a cross between two thieves? Eating with sinners and tax collectors? Associating with the lowest class of society?
Our Church congregations are an amalgamation of people. We probably have absolutely nothing in common with most of them except a love for the Eucharist. We are the Body of Christ, for better or for worse. To resist that is to resist the very people Jesus loves, and wants us to love.
That second almost-equally-important commandment (“Love your neighbor as I have loved you”) is a lot harder to attain for most of us than love of God. That’s easier - He is the creator of the universe after all. The guy next to me with the runny nose, chatty wife, who sits when he should kneel. How does Jesus want us to feel about him?
. . . so true! . . . it’s just that it would be so easy to be holy if it weren’t for other people!
And if you spend a little time in a prayer of thanksgiving after Mass, the traffic will be lighter when you get to the parking lot. Or stop and thank the priest for his homily. Chat with some of the people . . . find some spiritual reading if there’s a pamphlet or book rack.