Ever have one of those days where the last place you want to be is at Mass? I had one of those days today. I think I'm becoming one of those Catholics that drives me crazy. I really can't believe how easily annoyed I can be when I go to Mass. I arrived early, hoping to find a quiet seat where I could read through the readings for the day and just meditate before Mass started, but with all the incessant chatter, I couldn't. We had baptisms, which I always enjoy, and there were tons and tons of faces I didn't recognize from the usual crowd and they were making their presence known.
I moved closer to the front so I could get away from the chatter and noise. My dad doesn't like sitting close, in case he gets ill or something, he likes to be able to leave easily. Today he didn't feel well, so he went to the gathering space and stayed there for the rest of Mass. My mom and I stayed. We usually go separately for that very reason. I like going to Mass alone anyway.
Because of this flu goring around, we're still not holding hands for the "Our Father" which is fine with me, we're only having Communion under one species and for the sign of peace, we are just bowing, waving or doing any other gesture but touch hands. It's kinda weird not to shake hands for the sign of peace, but it goes a lot faster this way.
I just had a really bad time at Mass today. I also really need to go to Confession.