A Joyful Noise
Corpus Christi’s eleven o’clock Mass on the last Sunday of Ordinary Time was noisy! Babies to the left of me, toddler’s to the right of me, a dissonance of cries and dropping toys somewhere behind me. And they were such beautiful sounds that I smiled throughout the Mass and watched some beautiful children doing what they do best, being who God made them to be.
Thinking back to when I was that Mom with noisy children at Mass, I’m pretty sure that I did not smile through the noise. Being older and wiser now, I want to assure these parents that they too, can smile through the revelry! We have no Church without children. We can all recall Jesus admonishing his apostles when they tried to keep the children from moving forward when Jesus was talking, saying, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”(Matthew 19:14)
Children make noise, they move and delight in what is around them. As the Processional hymn began a little one, barely old enough to stand on her own, began to blast out sounds that were surely singing in her mind. Her Mom, a CCCS alum and a beautiful singer herself, made a motion to quiet the little girl. And yes, I remember doing the same to my children years ago. This day I leaned toward her grandmother, smiled and said, “tell her to keep singing”!
She did continue ‘singing” here and there throughout the Mass. I could not help but notice two unrelated couples sitting in the same pew with this little girl. One a couple in their 40’s, another a couple in their 70’s. Throughout Mass they’d all take peaks at this Child of God and a smile would come to their faces, too!
And then all their faces really lit up when, upon returning to the pew after receiving the Eucharist, the little girl’s mom asked the one couple (40’s couple) if they would like to hold her. Which they gladly did and even shared their joy by passing her to the older couple.
Mass was an extra blessing for me on this last Sunday of Ordinary time! And I delight in the hope that many of these children that were making the joyous noise at Mass will one day have the opportunity to enroll at CCCS. Our school will certainly gain a chorus of beautiful souls if that happens!