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Worship the Lord in Holy Attire!

27 Jun

Our family has always made a habit of trying to wear our “Sunday best” to Mass. Of course, this can be challenging when the “comfort index” reaches a decidedly uncomfortable level during the dog days of summer. Since I’m going to wear shorts and a t-shirt most of the day anyway, why go to the trouble of wearing one set of clothes to Mass only to run home an hour later to change?

Does the Bible have anything to say about this? Well, actually it does. In the Scriptures we read: “Worship the Lord in holy attire” (1 Chronicles 16:29; Psalm 29:2; 96:9). Similarly, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that even our clothing for Mass “ought to convey the respect, solemnity, and joy of this moment when Christ becomes our guest” in Holy Communion (no. 1387).

There are many motives for dressing up for Sunday Mass. We want to make the Lord the priority in our lives and give Him honor and glory. Out of respect for our family and friends we dress up for weddings and funerals. Similarly, out of respect for our employer and colleagues we dress well for work. Doesn’t the Lord, our sovereign King, deserve at least as much? Continue reading