Sunday Sermon and St. Gabriel Parish Picnic

2 Oct

“Rule with the heart of a servant. Serve with the heart of a king.” 

― Bill Johnson


A beautiful Sunday, and great day for the annual parish picnic, except for one thing. The picnic was indoors because the parking lot is all torn up for construction of the new church. When I greet in the morning before 9 o’clock Mass, I notice a lot of people huffing and puffing their way in the door, and often it’s after 9. I always smile and say,”Did you have to park in Oklahoma?” They pretty much laugh and agree. 

I’ll admit the Gospel today was confusing for me. If you are the servant and have been working all day in the field, are you still supposed to return and prepare the master’s meal? I guess so. You do whatever you are asked to do, BUT…you must do more than just what is asked of you. 

My take on it…don’t just do what’s expected, but go above and beyond your duties, not just to work, family,mand friends, but for God. 

Gospel, Luke 17:5-105 The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.’
6 The Lord replied, ‘If you had faith like a mustard seed you could say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and planted in the sea,” and it would obey you.
7 ‘Which of you, with a servant ploughing or minding sheep, would say to him when he returned from the fields, “Come and have your meal at once”?
8 Would he not be more likely to say, “Get my supper ready; fasten your belt and wait on me while I eat and drink. You yourself can eat and drink afterwards”?
9 Must he be grateful to the servant for doing what he was told?
10 So with you: when you have done all you have been told to do, say, “We are useless servants: we have done no more than our duty.” ‘


Now, for  the picnic.

There was plenty of food, plenty of hungry families, good music and friendship. The different midi stirs had tables and volunteers standing by to a sewer any questions. It was a good day.


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