"New Translation Tuesday" is here. Welcome.
As I was driving into work this morning, a question crossed my mind: Do the majority of Catholics pay close attention to the prayers prayed at Mass?
When I look around at my own parish, I am not quite sure. This past Sunday, when the First Reading began, I was so excited to hear the story of the binding of Isaac. But to be honest with you, my mind wandered to the Easter Vigil proclamation of this same text. As I sat there and the reading was proclaimed, all I could think of was the preparation session that I would have to plan with the Easter Vigil readers some time during Holy Week. I thought to myself, "I wonder what night would be best" and "What lector would be best for this reading?" Then I heard the lector say, "The word of the Lord." Darn it! I missed the entire reading because my mind wandered! So, it seems to me that it is a natural thing for our minds to wander at moments during Mass.
I guess my question for you, faithful followers of this blog, is this: Have you found that since the advent of the new translation, you yourself have been paying much closer attention? What is your sense of the other Catholics in your parish?
I am toying with the idea of creating an on-line survey, asking people to share their experience of the new translation thus far. What do you think would be a good question to ask?
Looking for lots of feedback here. Remember, just check the comments box. You can always post anonymously. Thanks so much.
Headed to Baltimore tomorrow morning for the first ever Mid-Atlantic Congress for Pastoral Leadership. Giving three workshops, focused on the RCIA. Should be fun.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.