Reasons Not to Sit on the Last Pews of the Church
When you get to the temple, a decision is important: where will I sit? Yes, Jesus reproached the Pharisees who were looking for the front places in the banquets, and he said, the publican who was justified was staying at the back of the temple.
I only remember you something: in the desert, the devil tempted Jesus with a biblical quote!
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What Does this Mean?
That we shouldn’t interpret these statements of Jesus as a condemnation to those who occupy the three to four first rows of the churches.
Jesus refers to the desire to appear pious. Therefore, you’ve got to show personal honesty. In the last seats, especially if you’re standing, it is likely this:
- Distraction, either because the sound equipment is imperfect or due to the street noise
- The sound of about three cell phones during the Mass and distract yourself by watching the quick movements of those who want to turn them off or-or even worse- listen to them;
- You’ll hook yourself with the baby that escaped the mother and is doing a “tour” throughout the church.
- Come later a friend who hasn’t seen you for a while, greet you, and remember so many things.
But then, is not it an act of virtue to stand still, and leave the seats to the elderly? It would be, in case the church was always full.
Choose the Places Closest to the Altar
Choose where you can see well, where you listen best where your whole being can concentrate on the mystery.
As if you were given a choice to listen to your favorite singer or at the stadium of your favorite team or to greet the Pope on his visit to your country.
Perhaps it is best understood by asking you these two questions:
Where would you have liked to be on Good Friday, looking at the alter from afar?
Where would you like to be at the banquet of the heavenly Kingdom?