A Pray Tell reader writes,
I am asking your help and advice on a matter. When I go to receive the Eucharist, I always try to look into the eyes of the minister and smile at the minister. However, I now understand that the group of folks with whom I sometimes worship (and I love them and their expression of liturgy) appear uncomfortable when I smile at the ministers at communion.
This article interests me and I wonder what you think of it. Bishop Luis Zarama says in the article,
I look at the procession coming to receive the Eucharist and sometimes it looks like a funeral. … Where is our joy?” Jesus comes to us to make us a part of him. Do we welcome him? Do we celebrate him and that beautiful encounter with the one who is love?
The article says that Bishop Zarama encourage each person at the Mass to smile when they came to receive Communion.
Should I continue to express my joy at this Holy Encounter? Or does my joy create a disturbance for others? I am conflicted. What does God ask me to do?