Sunday Sermon and Some More Sunshine

19 Jan

“You and I read the same books and hear the same sermons and we come away with different messages. That has to be evidence of some serious problem, right?”
― Dave Eggers, Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?
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Here’s my take on today’s Gospel. Sometimes I come away with a different message, too.

When the two disciple followed Jesus, He asked them, “What are you looking for?” They weren’t sure, but they knew something important was happening and they needed to follow. Jesus said, “Come, and you will see.”

I’m not sure what I am looking for or what’s going to happen next either, but I will follow. All we can do is be honest, faithful, loyal, loving and kind. If we believe and follow these teachings of our faith, then…well…then we will see.

Gospel JN 1:35-42

John was standing with two of his disciples,
and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God.”
The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.
Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them,
“What are you looking for?”
They said to him, “Rabbi” — which translated means Teacher —,
“where are you staying?”
He said to them, “Come, and you will see.”
So they went and saw where Jesus was staying,
and they stayed with him that day…
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After Mass, I stopped at the store, then came home, put on my gym shoes and went for a long walk. It was a beautiful, gloriously sunny day. The three little ducks that inhabit the nearby pond were quacking and waddling around. The sad part was, a lot of garbage and plastic debris from the previous windy days had found its way to the shoreline. The busy duck family bobbed and searched around the garbage looking for food. I thought to myself, “It doesn’t matter what the neighborhood looks like or how bad the situation is, if the family is together, that’s all that matters.” That goes for ducks and people.

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I so desperately wanted to hold on to the warmth of the day, so after my walk, I placed a lawn chair at the end of the garage by the driveway, plopped down with my chair facing the setting sun, and closed my eyes, absorbing every melting moment. (I caught myself dozing off with a nod several times.) It was glorious!

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