So I once again drove to my parish and parked directly behind the Church where the altar is. Close enough that I can audibly hear the Mass from here I was parked.
Also close enough to notice the delay between the Mass and the Mass on YouTube. Somewhere between 30 to 50 seconds.
I would normally be super annoyed by the delay. I remembered we never actually hear or see things in real-time. There is always a delay based on the propagation of light and sound. Sure, not normally detectable, but the principle applies.
Distractions during Mass are nothing new. The phrase “squirrel” comes to mind. Except, today it was actual squirrels and a gecko navigating the windshield of my car.
Still, the physicality of the location helped me concentrate much more than I would have if watching at home.
Note: Picture from Passion Week.