Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

30 Oct

“When you’re kind to people, and you pay attention, you make a field of comfort around them, and you get it back–the Golden Rule meets the Law of Karma meets Murphy’s Law.” 

― Anne Lamott


A chilly Sunday morning. My friend Mary, who greets with me at the door at St. Gabriel’s was out of town. I greeted and received and doled out hugs all by myself for a while. Then, I saw David and his family walk in. David had greeted with us before and said he enjoyed it. I asked him if he’d like to join me today. He said that he had been out of town all week and he really needed to go in early and pray. I said, “Sure, maybe next time.”

Five minutes later, David walked back out, opened and manned the other door, saying good morning to the incoming people. I asked, “Did you change your mind?” He laughed and said, “I prayed about it and here I am.” A minute later, his young son nuzzled up next to him, and I asked his name. The young man said, “Eli.”

Wow! That was special. I told him that Eli was my father’s name and that was a very fine name. Elijah, yes, a very fine name.

Today’s Gospel was about Jesus being asked which commandment was the greatest…

Gospel MT 22:34-40When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”  He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
My take on it… there are only two commandments or laws necessary. You love God and you love your neighbor. This covers it all. The other eight commandments are just examples, or clarification. Don’t lie, cheat, steal, curse, kill, etc.  Voila! That’s it.

After Mass, I stopped at McDonald’s for coffee/tea with Mr. Jerry. The McD had been closed for remodeling for over a month and was now open, and guess what?  Yuk! I didn’t like the decor, very ultra modern with a side order of tacky. The wallpaper and seating were bizarre, and don’t get me started on the new beverage dispenser. It was one of those swipe the little symbol for Coke or Sprite or Lemonade. I HATE CHANGE! But, life goes on, even at McDonald’s. 

Mr. Jerry and I talked about an hour, sharing iPhone pictures of grandkids and stories and gossip. On my way out, I stopped to get a refill on my iced tea when I noticed a familiar face. Around four or five months ago, I met a lady sitting alone at this McDonald’s and we talked a long time, vowing to keep in touch, but never did. I gave her my card, and I think she lost it. It had been so long, that we forgot names.

This is Lynn. How could I forget that? I remember telling her when we first met that half of my friends are named Lynn. Well, at least twenty or thirty. This time I asked her for her info and  Facebook name so I could friend her. Done! 

“Do unto others.” It was funny, Lynn said that she has always been quite the introvert and pretty shy. But, she said that she has talked to a few strangers these past few months and credited my kindness to her new found boldness. I was honored. 

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