Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

4 Jan

“Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family.” ― Mother Teresa

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Today at Mass we celebrated the Epiphany of the Lord. This was the time when the three wise men followed the bright star in the sky and found the Holy Family and baby Jesus. They brought him gifts, and honored him, but did not return to tell Herod where they found the baby, as Herod meant to kill Jesus. 

Now my take on it… and don’t get offended, but I call it, ” The Feast of the Three Wise Guys.” I smile to myself because Dad used to put out this life sized, light-up, tacky, Nativity scene in the front yard every Christmas when I was a kid. I always called the wise men…wise guys. So, I had this “Epiphany” today. We can honor people by bringing them gifts, giving of ourselves and our time, or by just giving a smile. That’s why I really enjoy greeting before Mass on Sunday. I’m sharing my joy, my smile, and my time. Those are the best gifts.

EPIPHANY

: a Christian festival held on January 6 in honor of the coming of the three kings to the infant Jesus Christ

: a moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way

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After Mass, I gave my friend, Virginia, who saves my seat for me while I greet,  a print of the Virgin of Guadalupe that I had painted in watercolor. Last week she had given me a gift of gloves, because my hands are always cold when I come in and shake her hand. She was so pleased, and she said she wanted Father to bless it for her. Father Don gave it a blessing before we left, but the intersting part is, Virginia said why it was so special. She said, “I named my first child Guadalupe.” This meant a lot to her. I had no idea. A delightful coincidence? But, also a wonderful way to share your gifts and talents with someone special. 
Before I left, I went back inside to take some pictures of the vibrant poinsettias, the Nativity scene, and altar.

   
 
Very lovely!

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