Well, even in Kenosha, Wisconsin, they must be wearing summer clothes, by now. At least I hope everyone has tucked away the sweaters and brought out lighter clothing. With the warmer weather, here in North Carolina, I see lots of tank tops and short shorts. In my humble opinion, that’s okay if you’re running errands around town or attending a picnic. But, when I see such attire at Sunday Mass, well, I give a double-take. I try not to judge the person, but I must admit that I question the prudence of the choice of attire. Modesty seems to be lacking.
When I see such skimpy attire at Mass, I wonder what the person thinks of God. Does she realize who she is coming to see? Does God’s opinion of her matter to her? Then, I wonder what the person thinks of herself. Does she feel the need to make a statement? “Notice me, at all costs!” My mind then drifts to ponder if she dresses like that all the time. How much self-esteem does she lack?
As you can see, how we present ourselves, in front of God and others, makes an impression on God and others. The question is, what type of impression are you trying to make by your choice of clothing?
God gave each of us sexuality. Yet, He meant for sexual enticements to be shared privately, between spouses. He didn’t give it to us so that we could flaunt it overtly. When we wear provocative clothing (tight jeans, low cut shirts, short shorts, etc.), we diminish our own dignity and disrespect others.
What Modesty is All About
When we dress with modesty, we proclaim to all a high level of self-esteem. We cherish our sexuality, and reserve it for our one true love. Rather than wearing provocative clothing which sends a message of impurity, we dress with modesty, sending a message to all that we value and treasure ourselves. We proclaim to all that we expect respect.
So, the next time you attend Mass, please leave the short shorts and tank tops at home and put on clothing worthy of God and of yourself.
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