Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

4 Jul

“Often, the lambs must rest among the wolves and pray that the are tired too.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Do not recite words just to prove to yourself and others that you know and love God; for he already put his breath and light inside you. Instead, put truth in your every word and action, and always let your conscience steer and guide you.” 

― Suzy Kassem

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Back to 9 o’clock Mass at St. Gabriel’s this morning. The sun was shining, already hot, and the smiles coming into church were uplifting. My friend, Mary, and I greeted each other with a hug, then everyone else with a cheery, “Good Morning.”


Today’s Gospel was about Jesus sending out 72 disciples to go out to preach the word, telling them to go with nothing, relying on each house and host, and blessing them with words and deeds…

Luke 10

Go on your way;behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. 

Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals;

and greet no one along the way. 

Into whatever house you enter, first say,

‘Peace to this household.’

If a peaceful person lives there,

your peace will rest on him;

but if not, it will return to you. 

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My take on it…We come into this world with nothing. We rely on faith, family, friendship and hard work to sustain us. It’s better to be a strong lamb who helps others than a wolf who preys on the weak. 

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Father Don had been on vacation a few weeks too. He said it was good to be home, and that he missed us all. I felt the same. There were a lot of hugs and smiles this morning.

Another pleasant surprise was the baptism of little Avery. I’ve watched her wiggle and giggle and grow every Sunday for almost three years. Today was also her third birthday.


A wonderful celebration. A good day!

One Response to “Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff”

  1. Brenda Davis Harsham July 4, 2016 at 4:03 am #

    Inspiring post, Toni. The world seems to reward wolves. But lambs are happier in the long run.

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