Comedy during homily
in Catholic Holy Masses
and totally wrong.
I maybe entertained,
but that's not what I came to church for.
Priests usually tell jokes
when they do the sermon with people laughing,
and thinking all along that it's part
of spreading God's word to the people.
But the church is a Holy Place
for worshipping and praising God
requiring complete humility,
sincerity and reverence
so laughter and comedy is totally out of place.
Every time homily is funny,
the whole church transforms into a noisy marketplace,
and parishioners also feel like
they're inside a comedy bar.
Then priests are looked up as comedians
with holiness completely gone.
In my own experience,
I notice that people don't treat the church
as much reverence as it deserves.
They spend their time inside talking and lounging,
resting and relaxing as if in the park.
They even bring foods and drinks around.
And attending masses is no longer serious.
The sight has become a gathering of friends
rather than a community of worshipers.
One thing more,
churches here in the Philippines
are mostly situated right beside busy streets,
pretty much disturbed by moving vehicles
and endless streams of passersby.
Anyone easily accesses the church
without the need to change to proper clothing and attire.
A lot of churches post the right dress code
that most don't even care about.
Shorts, slippers and sleeveless shirts are prohibited
but when you enter the churches,
you readily see people wearing them.
Rules are in place
but sad to say,
they're not strictly enforced.
The Church is always and forever be
a Holy Place for praise and worship,
for pouring our hearts and minds all out to The Almighty.
Strict observance of its rules should be obeyed
and never missed,
and priests should never spread the Word Of God
using comedy and jokes
but with all holiness and reverence.
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