Mass 'on the frontlines'
Some have called it tacky, even corny...
The refugees, the migrants had the Pope visit them on Lampedusa the other day.
He celebrated a penitential Mass on an altar constructed in the form of a boat, reminiscent of the boat carrying migrants who drowned when it was shipwrecked. The altar was a humble gesture, a reminder, a votive offering from the poor, in honor of the poorest of the poor. Christ was crucified upon such an altar, the crucifix was a contemptuous, disgraceful instrument of death, made from unrefined, crude timber. The suffering Christ was condemned as a criminal, he was filthy, sweaty, bloody, a man others looked away from in disgust, despised and lowly, held in no esteem... Before execution, he was presented to the jeering crowd, 'tackily' dressed as a mock king, with a 'corny' crown of thorns.
Christ visited the refugees, the migrants, the homeless survivors on Lampedusa the other day.
Cardinal Bergoglio, Mass on a simple table in Buenos Aires slum.
Cardinal Bergoglio Entrance Procession.
If the Pope makes me uncomfortable at times, perhaps I've been too comfortable for too long.
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More Mass on the frontlines and unusual altars.