Your Sunday Best
The Pacific Northwest is known for grunge, hippies, and techies – what do they all have in common? Dressing very casually. Go to any typical “fancy” restaurant and you’ll still find people in jeans.
Ok fine. People don’t know how to dress appropriately for the occasion. Or they weren’t aware. Or they’re lazy. I get it. I don’t blame them. Even in the workplace, a typical office job, let’s say, can allow for jeans and semi-casual all days of the week. It can be a gray area.
Let’s make an argument for Sunday Mass.
Can you imagine someone wearing a shirt like this to Mass?
What if that person was a Eucharistic Minister? Dr. Taylor Marshall witnessed it. He refers to this as, That “Grover” Eucharistic Moment.
I’m lucky. I go to a wonderful parish where, for the most part, folks make the effort to present their Sunday Best. So here’s mine:
Let’s bring our best selves to present to Our Lord on Sunday. Let’s do our part to bring reverence to the Mass. It doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be simple, elegant, and comfortable. It doesn’t have to look “frumpy”. It’s not 4-inch stiletto heels, but it’s also not socks and birkenstocks. (I love you Dad).
If you go to a Seahawks game, you wear your 12th man shirt and everything else blue and green. If you’re at home it’s permissible to wear sweatpants, or pajamas or whatever your housemates can tolerate. (I’ve never seen my French roommate in pjs ever). You wear what is appropriate for the occasion. If you’re not sure, it’s ok, you can always learn.
God gives us the best of Himself, by giving us all of Himself, in the Eucharist. We can do our part by giving the best of our time, efforts, and how we present ourselves when we go to Him at Sunday Mass.