Homily Thoughts for October 12, 2014…White Garments

Do you know how to cause a lively discussion (or argument) among people of faith? Bring up the topic of how people come dressed to church! Some argue that many do not dress appropriately, & perhaps they even dress scandalously. Others say that God doesn’t care how we dress for church…only that we’re there. 

There are valid opinions on both sides of the issue. But there is one thing that cannot be denied: the Scriptures do in fact speak of coming before God appropriately dressed, at least in a symbolic way. If you respond to the invitation to God’s wedding feast (the marriage of God with humanity) but do not come properly dressed, you may not be welcomed inside. 

At our baptism, we wore a white garment. The priest said, “See in this white garment the outward sign of your Christian dignity. Bring it unstained into the everlasting life of heaven.” When we die, a funeral pall or white cloth is placed over our casket, again as a sign of how we were clothed in Christ. What are you wearing to Mass this weekend? What attitude are you clothed in? Do you wear joy, helpfulness, gentleness? Or are you wearing anger & harshness? Are you properly clothed for the wedding feast?