Speaking of the distractions, I think those big masses can get in the way of actually enjoying the season. My experience has been generally in very packed churches on Christmas where it gets hot and there are all the “smells and bells” of a Catholic mass thereby making it much longer than usual.
Now, I do love Jesus, but making a mass longer when you’re wearing hot and uncomfortable clothing has got to be one of the most idiotic things I’ve seen.
As for the people that don’t come, I’d say their faith just probably has not been awakened yet and it is our job to reach out to them as well as people that have never heard the message of Jesus. Lapsed people are in just as much need of hearing the gospel as are the unchurched.
It is nice that they show, but I often wonder if they show out of “obligation” or because they are actually drawn to church by God.
I think we should offer a prayer for all of those that only go to mass a few times a year and choose not to go the rest of the year. ” title=”Smile” />