The priest’s dilemma

I’ve often wondered if a priest’s heart sinks when he cues the congregation for the first response of the day and what comes back is nothing more than a murmur.

Tough crowd.

Like a comedian when the laughter to his first punchline is muted. Or a musician when the applause after the first song is half-hearted.

How do you approach the rest of the mass/gig?

I saw it happen in a church recently and I learned two things – one from the priest and one from speaking to a member of the congregation afterwards.

1. A true pro will deliver his/her best no matter what response they receive.

2. A muted response doesn’t necessarily mean those there aren’t appreciating what you are doing.

Carry on regardless.