It’s Sunday morning. As you get out of your car to walk into the church, you look down at your watch. You’re running late, and if you don’t hurry, you won’t get a seat inside. You look to your left and see a family of five walking besides you. You look to your left and see an elderly couple walking as well. You begin to walk faster, knowing that if you don’t beat them to the front, you will be asked to sit in the hall.
As you speed-walk to the front, you breathe a sigh of relief as the usher motions you forward. You made it. You get to sit in the church.
This scenario sounds ridiculous, even laughable. Yet, for Catholics around the country, this is a weekly experience. Due to the new Covid restrictions, many churches are allowing limited seating inside the actual church, and the rest of the poor parishioners are forced to sit in the parish hall, gather outside, or else simply go home.