Sunday, November 13, 2011

Seen After Mass

There's this guy I've been noticing at Mass. Small, dark-skinned, in a wheelchair. He holds a statue of Jesus, nine inches high, maybe modeled on the image known as the Divine Mercy image; he kisses it sometimes. After Mass today, I went into the Adoration chapel (with the Blessed Sacrament exposed in a monstrance   Here's Pope Benedict with the Blessed 
Sacrament in a monstrance. He looks a little spacy, butI'm sure he's actually deep in prayer.)

This guy's in the Adoration Chapel. I notice him after he's moved himself out of his wheelchair onto the ground. I've never known what kind of disability he might have that necessitates a wheelchair. He's sitting on the ground with one of his legs straight in front of him. He moves the other with his hand, so both legs are straight in front of him. 
     Then, he turns his whole self around with his hands. He had been facing the normal direction, facing the exposed Host in the Monstrance. Now he is facing towards his wheelchair. I assume he's going back into it. No, he needed to get his legs facing that direction, so that he can roll onto his stomach, and lie facing the Blessed Sacrament. He is prostrating himself. 
In our culture, it seems weird, eccentric.
A thought comes to mind. This guy is one of those people who appear weird and strange (because they are not worried all the time about what other people expect) and who give signs of being very very good people. Yet, one sometimes doesn't want to get to know them too well. Why is this? Are they scary?
Easier to respect than to love, sometimes.

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