A question that Fr. Adam’s posed caught my eye: “What do you get out of going to Church?”
He says that when he was a “rebellious” teen, he used to ask his mother that question. She always said, “I don’t know. I just feel better all week when I’ve been to church on Sunday.” Adams writes that he now, after many years, has begun to understand.
For that hour on Sunday morning in church his mother did not have to be the caring mother, dutiful wife, and responsible neighbor; she could just be. She didn’t have to be in charge, she didn’t have to do anything. Somebody else was in charge. Somebody was taking care of her.
Fr. Adams goes on:
“That ‘somebody’ by the way, was not her parish priest. I am sure, that for her, he was just the reminder of somebody else, somebody without human limitations, was looking after her.
People who go to church regularly usually find that by experiencing a childlike state for an hour on Sundays, allowing themselves to be totally dependent, are more likely to behave as responsible adults during the week.”
Finally, as Episcopalians we turn to the church in times of transition; birth, marriage, death… Sundays are days of transition too; transition from all the responsibilities of one week to all the responsibilities of the next week.
On Sunday mornings – as every day – we are truly in God’s hands. On Sundays though, we can intentionally let go and be together in the warmth and breadth of God’s love.