At this point in time, I do not want to contribute any more energy to this issue. There are so many more things to DO and BE…to elevate those who need encouragement, compassion, love and to BE with them so joy can be an experience in their lives. (Chris)
Thank you for the great comments on recent posts about the revised Roman Missal. The above response from Chris really got me thinking. When is an issue really worth your energy?
We don`t have to look far to find an issue to be passionate about. News stories abound each day that nudge opinions out of us. Sometimes the opinions are lukewarm, forgotten with the reading of the next head-line. If the story affects us personally, our opinions come easily. For example, our Conservative government is presently trying to block threatened strike action by Air Canada flight attendants. Is government intervention unfair to the union, or is it justified in this uncertain economic climate? I have an Air Canada ticket for a trip to Rome in a couple of weeks. I have my own, selfish opinions on the matter.
With some issues, opinions have time to fester and grow; especially if they are rooted in anger. Anger is not always wrong. I love the image of a pissed-off Jesus, overthrowing the money-changers` tables in the temple. He had cause to be angry, and he didn`t hold back. Righteous anger has helped to bring much needed justice and change in our world.
Is the new Roman Missal worth the energy and anger? I suppose it depends if we are scrapping over mere words, or what is perceived as the larger issue behind the process. How will it affect our personal experience with liturgy? Will it draw us closer, leave us lukewarm, or drive us away? Will the majority of folks in the pews even care? Time will tell.
Meanwhile life, with all its daily demands and surprises, goes on. This issue will keep simmering on the back-burner for me. But for now I`m going to follow the wisdom offered by Chris.