Thursday, June 15, 2006

Ummm...The Other Way 'Round

In the last entry, I mentioned the woman at Mass. I speculated that it was a sort of Benediction.

My colleague Mike (who has experience with Asian cultures) informs me that I have the wrong end of the stick. The gesture is one of respect, usually granted by someone young to someone old, and it is a request for a blessing or prayer. The fact that the woman is older than me lends a bit of mystery to the event.

So, I've prayed for God's blessing on her. Yet I still carry the conviction that I'm the one blessed.