(Permanent announcement: Blogging is low because I'm guestblogging at HMS Blog this week. If anyone can tell me how to make a Typepad post "Stick" to the top, let me know please.)
They will be there because there is where they go on Easter. They will be variously smiled at, cursed at, and tolerated, but generally dismissed as "Christmas and Easter Catholics" who do little more than clog the parking lot and mess up poll results (remember, 70% of Catholics don't believe in the Real Presence).
Here, though, I'm not talking about the C&E Catholics too spiritually full of themselves to go to Mass on lesser feasts. I'm talking about those people, maybe not even baptized, who are too spiritually empty to go to Mass, except when it will be crowded enough that no one will notice their emptiness.
And maybe this will be the year when a word or a gesture reveals to them that the Man they were looking for is here, in this church, on this altar, with these people. Maybe the prayer that makes it so will be yours.
I've been one of them. I would amend the above to note that even the "C&E Catholics" might in that place remember what they are looking for, too. May it be so.
UPDATE: Link fixed.