Last Wednesday, Mrs. Poolman and I attended the Ash Wednesday evening Mass at our church. Normally on Wednesday evenings, we have CCD class, but last week, that was replaced by the Ash Wednesday Mass. Since I had strongly encouraged my students to ask their parents to take them, I figured it was a good idea if I went also.
It was obvious that our pastor, Monsignor C, was trying to keep down the length of the Mass. The distribution of ashes alone took at least ten extra minutes. So when it came time for his homily, Monsignor walked to the pulpit and had this to say:
“I’ll try to express my homily in as few words as possible.
As he turned from the pulpit, he got a rousing round of applause. Way to go, Monsignor!
Reminds me of a homily delivered by a priest in my church when I was growing up. It was probably the hottest day of the year. There was no air conditioning in the church. The homily?
“It’s hot. Hell is hotter.”