An eagle-eyed parishioner — who is also something of an early bird, but now I’m mixing metaphors — spotted me on Mass For You At Home last Sunday.
That’s bad, insofar as I was supposed to forewarn both of my grandmothers, and I forgot all about it. But they can always watch next Sunday, because I remember now that I also filmed Mass for the First Sunday of Lent.
This week’s homily was a hard one to translate into AUSLAN. I quoted at length from C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters, where Screwtape (a senior devil) expounds on the spiritual benefits of “living in the present,” and the rich field of temptations which accompany dwelling on the past and imagining the future. The passage abounds with abstractions like “eternity” and “temporality,” which just don’t lend themselves to sign language.
If I’m ever asked back to film Mass For You At Home, I’m resolved to deliver homilies which are practical and earthy, just to give the signers a break. They do a good job.