Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

30 Oct

“One sincere apology is worth more than a million regrets.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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“A good name is still to be preferred over great riches. Especially it is to be preferred to the appearance of riches, aquired with nothing down and nothing to pay for 2 months.” 

― Ezra Taft Benson

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A spectacular Sunday morning. I was slow to get moving this morning, after staying up pretty late. It didn’t help any that the Cubs lost last night and looked pretty stinky.  A few beers were consumed and a few cuss words were expressed. But, I got to church half an hour early to greet at the door with Mary before 9 o’clock Mass. The Cubs lost yesterday.  But, today’s another day.

The Gospel today was about the tax collector who declared to Jesus that he would give half his wealth to the poor and repay four times all those he cheated.

My take on it… when you finally wake up and realize the wrongs you have done, it’s not to late to make amends. Repay and repent. Be honest, be sincere.

Gospel LK 19:1-10
At that time, Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town. 

Now a man there named Zacchaeus,

who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man,

was seeking to see who Jesus was;

but he could not see him because of the crowd,

for he was short in stature. 

So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus,

who was about to pass that way.

When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said,

“Zacchaeus, come down quickly,

for today I must stay at your house.” 

And he came down quickly and received him with joy. 

When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying,

“He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.” 

But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord,

“Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor,

and if I have extorted anything from anyone

I shall repay it four times over.”

And Jesus said to him,

“Today salvation has come to this house

because this man too is a descendant of Abraham. 

For the Son of Man has come to seek

and to save what was lost.”

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On my way out the door, these adorable little girls were playing duck-duck-goose. So cute. 


I stopped at McDonald’s for an iced tea and chatted with Mr. Dave, who was eating breakfast alone and trying to figure out how to use the camera on his phone.


I didn’t want to go all the way home because there was a Q&A about the annulment process at church at 12:30, so I chatted with Mr. Dave until 12:15. Then, back to church, just less than a mile away. I popped into the sanctuary to light a candle, and low and behold, all the candles were lit. Not an open votive. So, I just added my prayer with all the other prayers being offered. 


My friend, Mary, is so sweet. She is a volunteer advocate for the archdiocese and our parish, and has been instrumental in helping many with the complicated Catholic annulment process. St. Gabriel has a very active, giving, and thriving parish here in McKinney. 


So, it’s been a good Sunday so far. Now, if the Cubbies can just pull off a win tonight, it will be a wonderful day. Go Cubs!!!

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