Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

25 Dec

“When God throws something your way, catch it!”

Chriscinthia Blount


Mom and I attended Mass downstairs in her community room. The volunteer who was scheduled today was sick, so a very nice lady scurried in a few minutes late to lead the service. It was a small group today. I think most were planning on going tomorrow for Christmas.

Joe, Lindsay and Baby Belle arrived just in time to join us. Belle was very good and all the elderly folks enjoyed her smiles and wiggles and her trying to sing along.

Today’s Gospel was the story of the Angel Gabriel appearing to Mary, telling her not to be afraid. She had found favor with God.

“Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,

and you shall name him Jesus.

Mary was afraid and confused, but accepted God’s will.

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.

May it be done to me according to your word.”

My take on it… We don’t always know God’s will, but we need to accept gracefully our circumstances, and trust His guidance, just as Mary did. And yes, sometimes the road is long and we may get weary, or the pain and suffering might seem unbearable, but we need to trust. And here’s the part that some people may not agree with me. I don’t think God gives us pain, or suffering, or disease or disaster. He didn’t put evil into the world. We all have free will and choices. He doesn’t give us cancer or drunk drivers to kill people, or murderers or natural disasters. I’m sure it hurts Him to see us suffer. But, what He does do is, give us strength, if only we have faith and rely on His strength to get us through it. (Just my personal opinion.)


After the service, I passed out mini cupcakes and hugs to all that attended. They appreciated the homemade treats, but I think the hugs meant a lot more. Not, everyone is fortunate enough to have family come and visit. When you are blessed, share your blessings.

We were all together for Christmas Eve lunch. Mom, my sister JoAnn, Joe, Lindsay, and Baby Belle, and Matt. We opened presents, watched Belle smile and giggle, and then had a wonderful lunch. I say wonderful, because I cooked. I made vegetarian tacos. Yum! Black beans, four colors of peppers, onions, tons of avocados, lettuce, salsa, cheese. I’m

not sure if I’ll ever make meat tacos again.

It’s nearly Christmas now. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

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