Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

18 Dec

“Perhaps we all have a face behind a face…Good and the bad, happy and sad, sane and insane. We all have an angel and the stranger and we all have the choice!”

Nino Varsimashvili


Mom and I went down to her community room for Mass this morning. Mom always does the Second reading before the Gospel. I usually comment on the Gospel here, but today, I was impressed with Mom’s reading. Paul tells us to always rejoice and to pray. Then, we should always be thankful. I guess the interpretation of “do not despise prophetic utterances. Test everything;retain what is good, could mean a lot of different things to different people.

My take on it… First of all, I totally agree with always being thankful. If you start every day counting your blessings, you have a blessed day. If you only count and recount your suffering and woes, you will suffer every day.

As a cradle Catholic, I grew up believing some of the most stringent and constraining concepts of my faith. It wasn’t until I got a little older that I realized that I probably wasn’t going to hell if I accidentally ate meat on Friday, or if I feigned illness if I didn’t want to go to church on Sunday, or maybe even disrespected my father or mother.

So, in this second reading, it says to “test everything; retain what is good. Refrain from every kind of evil.” Now that I am an old lady, relatively speaking, I have learned to test what I have heard, and retain the good. Just as I’ve surmised that many of the things I’ve done are not mortal sins that will banish me to a fiery hell, I also do not believe that I can run to confession and all my sins will be washed away. But, the fact that I can acknowledge and admit my failings to a priest, this will help me do better next time. It’s kinda like the Weight Watchers of Catholicism…accountability. You get on the scale and see how you’ve progressed. When you fall off the wagon, you get back up again. Rejoice, pray, be thankful, and always do what you think is right. That’s all God expects of us. I CAN DO THAT.

1 THES 5:16-24

Brothers and sisters:

Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing.

In all circumstances give thanks,

for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

Do not quench the Spirit.

Do not despise prophetic utterances.

Test everything; retain what is good.

Refrain from every kind of evil.

May the God of peace make you perfectly holy

and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body,

be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The one who calls you is faithful,

and he will also accomplish it.

Later in the afternoon, my very, very good friend, Debbie came all the way in from the city to come and visit Mom a while, then we went out to lunch and shopping. First stop…PIZZA!!! I’ve got to get my quota of Chicago pizza before going back to Texas.

Thanks Deb! We made a lot of stops and bought a bunch of things that we really didn’t need, but they were too adorable to pass up. That’s what the holidays are all about. Especially the friendship. Debbie and I have been friends since around 1977 BC… the BC stands for Before Children.

Last stop before going back to Mom’s…ice cream, of course. The perfect ending to a perfect day. REJOICE AND BE THANKFUL

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