Thursday, June 2, 2011

Thank You God

I don't think people so much leave the church when they stop going to mass. I think it is more that they stop being grateful to God, saying "Thank you." God gave us the Eucharist as the way that God seems to want to be thanked. A person my be grateful for something, say life itself or nature and simply says, "Thank you God." This is good, but god seems to have a preferred way to say thank you.
If a child comes to her mother and says, "Thank you," for something, the mother might say, "If you want to thank me, then clean up your room." If the child is too self-absorbed, this request will be a big inconvenience. So it is, we might want at times to say thank you to God, but on our own terms. Call it "leaving the church." Is it not really an act of self-absorbtion?

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