What not to wear to church

What not to wear to church

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Readings for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Some might be tempted to use the longer version of today’s Gospel to talk about “proper” dress in church. I know that some church leaders have been lauded for making public statements criticizing people’s chosen church attire. But I will tell you a hard truth. No one whom you think should dress more appropriately in church will be swayed by your public criticism of them. They will simply not come back.

Instead, here are two things to remember. First, let us not take the Scriptures literally, especially the parables. The wedding garment required in the Gospel’s banquet feast is the conversion of one’s heart. Recall what we say at an infant’s baptism: “You have become a new creation and have clothed yourself in Christ. See in this white garment the outward sign of your Christian dignity….Bring that dignity unstained into the everlasting life of heaven” (Rite of Baptism, 63). Emphasize that in your homily or catechesis instead of literal clothing.

Second, heed Jesus’ advice from a few Sundays back. Go to your sister or brother privately, and in love, instruct and correct them. This way, you will have a better chance at seeing them back in church, perhaps more appropriately dressed and ready for the feast.


This post was first published on the planner page for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A, in “GIA Quarterly: A Liturgical Music Journal,” Vol 28, No 3.

Image credit: Christian Fregnan, unsplash, CC0.

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  1. Leota Roesch
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    Right on!!

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