Yesterday was my Daughter’s first Communion. A beautiful affair with plenty of kids running around dressed like little princes and princesses.
As the sermon began I was looking around the church taking in the scene when I noticed a woman in the pew in front of us, hunched over with a strange glow illuminating her face. Was this the glow of enlightenment? No…it was her iPad!
I thought I would give her the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps she had downloaded her Bible, or the pew books? I sneaked a peek at the heading – The New York Times. Hmmm… I guess that is at least slightly better than Angry Birds.
She continued to read her iPad, and even engage in some shopping, only stopping when everyone stood up or when she went to take communion (which she actually did). I didn’t want to be nosy but she wasn’t exactly being discrete with it.
I like to think of myself as open-minded, and I certainly don’t worry too much about the formalities of church, but I actually found this slightly offensive.
If you don’t care about the church then don’t attend. If you have to because of family obligations (I believe this woman was the mother of one of the kids receiving for the first time) then would it kill you to sit there for an hour? If my ADHD son can manage that then I think it should be achievable for most people.
I don’t know…am I being too prudish?