What I Wore Sunday: One Last Round of Purple

What I Wore Sunday, hosted by A Blog for My Mom

It rained all of last week and was cold enough for cardigans. Today, it was 85 degrees when I left for church (admittedly an hour earlier than usual). I don’t have any witty weather commentary left.

What I Wore Sunday, March 13

Top: Target
Tank top, skirt, and shoes: Old Navy
Necklace: holy medals
Earrings: Ann Klem, gift from Mr. Man

I really wanted to wear my purple cardigan this Lent, but the weather just wouldn’t cooperate. Next Sunday is red, and then it’s Easter. I will continue to wear purple through Easter and the summer, of course, but it just adds a little something extra when it’s liturgically coordinated. At least I had opportunity to wear these lovely earrings Mr. Man gave me. I’m practicing my statement earring game. It’s going okay, but I can do better. These pretties help.

I left my phone at home, which meant I felt like I’d forgotten my left arm and that I had to take my homily notes on an actual piece of paper. Like a caveman!

Deacon R preached the homily again. He started by pointing out that hard-hitting homilies against sin are like homilies telling people they should go to church: the ones who need to hear the message most are precisely those not present to hear it. He’s probably right about the Mass attendance thing, but the part about persistent sinners not being in church? That might need some reconsidering. I went back to Mass weeks before I went back to Confession, and I needed the encouragement to get that one–two punch in.

One the one hand, I was glad to hear Deacon R note the absence of the man caught in adultery in today’s Gospel. I think I learned of that omission only the last time we had this reading. Seriously, why didn’t they bring him, too? Was he one of the accusers? Was it all a trap?

On the other hand, Deacon R stressed how gentle Jesus was with the woman caught in adultery and that Jesus is only recorded as specifically condemning sin (not sinners) and those guilty of spiritual sins (not any of the “sins of the flesh” kind). Yes, not stoning the woman was probably a smart move. And yeah, that might be where the “love the sinner, hate the sin” line comes from. I found myself more confused by those sharp delineations than encouraged, though. Would it have been okay, then, if the woman went back to her adultery? Jesus did say, “Sin no more.” He did raise the qualifications for adultery from acts to mere thoughts. That seems like it makes things harder, not easier.

So I was struggling. And I could not for the life of me figure out what either of the other readings had to do with the Gospel. Doing Jeff Cavins’s Psalms study helped me connect that with the First Reading, but I was lost otherwise. They’re both beautiful, but what did I miss?

At least I managed to knock out #20 on Aleteia’s Year of Mercy suggestions last week. I’m calling that a win.


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Love the purple addition in your clothes!! I just never think to dress liturgically, but really must try it one of these days!

I love your reflection on the readings. What a brave deacon to talk about that!! Ours tip-toed his way around that controversy and stuck with sharing on the second reading instead. (Sigh) but you are SO right! Where’s the man??!!! He’s guilty too.

    Liturgical dressing is the best! I have to give it up during the Easter season and most of Ordinary Time, though. No one can wear that much white and green unless it’s a habit you wear because you took a vow.

    Fr. Mike Schmitz preached mostly on the second reading, so I’m not sure I would call that tiptoeing, but I’m grateful for the homily I heard. Homiletics is no easy task.

Love that top! The weather’s been crazy around here, too – I kind of love the unseasonably warm taste of spring followed by cooler days, although it’s supposed to rain all week and I have a feeling I’ll be sick of that by Tuesday!

I’ve been reading your posts (and enjoying them!), but I haven’t always been commenting because I’m on my phone and hate typing comments on my phone.

I also “…went back to Mass weeks before I went back to Confession.” I think it took me even longer than weeks… I think it took months. I also needed that extra encouragement; homilies about Confession definitely helped!

Additionally, I like your shirt choice!

    Oh, I know I have readers that don’t comment. ;) I appreciate them even though I can’t express that appreciation with reply comments.

    I need to hear homilies about Confession, too! Thinking back to the previous Sunday, it’s easy to slip into “older brother” mode when you’re doing more than nothing. Going to Mass is the first step. Going to Confession ought to come right afterward. If I ever get back into RCIA, I want to make one of my personal focuses ensuring that catechumens and candidates are building the habit of Mass attendance before it’s required. It seems like it’d be much harder to slip away (which is sadly very common) if you already have that reflex.

People who have looked at the careers of thousands of major-league baseball players have concluded 27 is the average age a player peaks. My theory (after watching many shows) is that the ideal age for a Jeopardy contestant is around 30. Maybe into early 30s. That’s where your reaction times haven’t declined too much but you have accumulated knowledge. Younger people don’t know enough; older people are too slow. So I think you are hitting it about right.

Is getting on Jeopardy part of your life plan? Probably not. Please post your life plan.

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