Coin Conspiracy Commentary

As I grew, the flaws and faults in my beloved faith system found themselves flashing in my face with obvious absurdity.

Assumably, like most people, I grew up born into a religion that I believed with unwavering acceptance, faith and belief; never questioning the teachings or rituals of a church I had never judged for myself or was yet to formally experience. I grew up oblivious to its’ faults and in naivety found that it was completely true and free of human immorality and influence. I was wrong: I’ve since grown up.

Please don’t be ill-informed: I love my church and my faith…but things don’t always add up. As I grew, the flaws and faults in my beloved faith system found themselves flashing in my face with obvious absurdity. One in particular, the idea of a coin collection occurring during the Eucharistic procession of Jesus’ soon to be body and blood. Why take when a gift is being given? It always reminds me of that story of Jesus overturning the tables of a market in his church; it was probably the one time he was ever extremely angry. Yet, we disregard the Messiah’s message and collect coins and notes when he is being offered and processed up the aisle to meet us on the alter!

Though there is plenty of monetary maths occurring, I find the spiritual sums very hard and indeed harrowing to add up.

I’m too scared to ask about it: I could very well be excommunicated for asking, for questioning. But this is wrong. I still hear the chingings and clashing of coins being shoved into a church collection bag during what is meant to supposedly be the most vital and significant part of our mass celebration. Or does this disregard and un-reverent practice contradict that common truth?

Further, the next collection comes during that reflective time of prayer, penance and praise after the sacrament…which also seems a bit off.

Though there is plenty of monetary maths occurring, I find the spiritual sums very hard and indeed harrowing to add up.

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  1. Good point, I feel the same. Surely one collection before or after Mass, then split in two, would be more appropriate!

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