You're a child and it snows = "Yay! No school"OK, back to here. I went over for the 8am Mass, not really knowing how many would be coming. Only once in my time here have I had a Mass with no one present. In all, 5 guys showed up (no, not the burger and fries people, though that would have been cool), including a seminarian who took it upon himself to shovel the front steps of church and lay down some salt - I love the zeal.
You're a teen and it snows = "Cool, no school"
You're in college and it snows = "Wait, it snowed?"
You're a seminarian and it snows = Doesn't matter. You still have classes.
You're a Priest and it snows = "Isn't it pretty?"
You're a Pastor and it snows = "How much will this cost to plow?"
So what was the Gospel passage on the first snowy morning of winter? Being the Feast of St. Agnes, I had the choice of the propers for her Feast Day, or the readings of the day. When I saw the latter, I couldn't resist. Mark 3:21 "...they said, 'He is out of his mind.'" Your families, I told them, might have said the very things as you left in the snow this morning to come to Mass. Certainly there must have been a few who thought young Agnes was out of her mind for not saving her own life by simply marrying the Roman Proconsul's son. But there were undoubtedly those who saw her witness and became curious about Christianity. Maybe they became Christians themselves, or maybe they just gained a new respect for Christians and their willingness to suffer for their beliefs. Just like there may have been those in cars passing the church this morning, seeing the lights on inside (and maybe a person or two walking through the snow to Mass) and wondering why you'd do that? We never know who we'll affect in life. We never know who will see us in a random drive past. But we do know God sees everything. He saw Agnes give her life, and he saw you leave a warm house to come to Mass.
[I wonder how many people God is going to watch say, "It's too dangerous to drive to Mass", after watching the same folks spend the day driving their children to karate, dance, or go to the diner, the mall, or the movies?]