There is an old story that Shemp Howard used to tell about Catholic Mass. He was attending mass for the 1st time (Moe, Larry, Curly and Shemp were all Jewish) for the funeral of a friend and when Mass was over he commented that all the standing, sitting and kneeling was too much exercise for him. And it’s true that even in the modern mass there are a lot of ups and downs.
But it also worth noting the two most quiet times at Mass. Just after the homily and just after Holy Communion there is a pause. it can be as little as 10 seconds or as long as a few minutes but during that time the priest and the congregation just sit (or kneel) and do nothing.
That time of silence is in stark contrast to our an era where all is movement and noise, an era where we can’t do without the input of our cell phones or or video streams for even a moment in case we miss something, but it is in that silent moment that we are given the chance to ponder the Lord or as scripture says:
Be Still and know I am God.
As we enter the final eight days of Lent may we take the time for silent prayer, for meditation, for time before the Blessed Sacrament to be still, It is in those times when we can best know God.