Have you ever been happy to see someone? Today I was happy to see someone, a few someones. We were in Liturgy this morning for Thanksgiving and I only expected a few people to show. After all, Thanksgiving is a day of family, parades, food and football. Most people work hard all week and national holidays are the few days when the whole family can slow down and be together.
So when I saw more and more people coming into the church this morning, I was so happy; happy to see people make the decision to come to Liturgy to offer thanks on a day devoted to giving thanks to God.
Then it hit me. If I am happy to see them in church, to see that they were dedicated and able to make the choice to come, then I imagine God is a million times more pleased. It never occurred to me that going to church would please God. I had only thought about the benefit I receive when I go. But sure! When we go to church, fast, pray, show charity… God is pleased.
But why is He pleased? Is it His ego? Did the guilt of our grandmother’s finally pay off? Does He make a commission for every soul that comes in the door? Of course not! I think He is pleased because when we do these things it benefits us in a way that brings us closer to God. And what pleases Him more than when we are all together? I imagine it’s the way families feel every holiday when the home is full of family: brothers, sisters, children, cousins. I imagine that every Liturgy is a like a full house holiday for God.