04 April 2012

Questions, questions...

It’s fascinating to see what fascinates kids.

Today being Spy Wednesday, I had to plan on using all of the reserved Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle so we’d be ready for the one Mass on Maundy Thursday, which requires that the tabernacle is empty. It’s not a particularly easy calculation, and by the time we got through about three-quarters of the communicants, it was obvious that we needed to break the people’s hosts in half. By the end of the communicants’ line, I had only half a host left. (Whew! cutting it close!).

What fascinated the boys who were serving wasn’t that we’d managed to administer four hundred communions with lots fewer hosts than that. No, what they wanted to know was, “Why?” In fact, I engaged in quite a lengthy conversation with a couple of the boys, explaining what we’d be doing on Maundy Thursday, how I would be consecrating enough hosts for that Mass, and also for the Solemn Liturgy on Good Friday. They remembered the empty tabernacle from last year, but hadn’t known why that was. So there were more questions, until I finally had to tell them, “Hey, you’re going to be late for class!”

I hope that’s not why they were asking so many questions…