Sunday Sermon at San Gabriel Mission

5 Aug

“Is it a coincidence or a special blessing. It’s all in the eye of the beholder.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Matt was kind enough to look this morning for a Catholic Church so I wouldn’t have to miss Mass. He also looked for some other activities near Pasadena for later.

I was pleasantly surprised when we drove to San Gabriel to the mission of the same name for 9:30 Mass. it was a beautiful old mission. My church back home is St. Gabriel. Coincidence?

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus,

“Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.”

He replied to him,

“Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?”

Then he said to the crowd,

“Take care to guard against all greed,

for though one may be rich,

one’s life does not consist of possessions.”

In today’ Gospel, Jesus told the parable of the man who had such a rich harvest that he tore down his old small barn in order to build a larger ones to store all his grain and foods. Then he could keep it all for many years and indulge.

Father John shared how it was very sad that many people are so concerned with money and material wealth. Even families that you would never suspect as being greedy will often fight over money and possessions when someone dies, or even jealous while they are alive. We can’t take it with us.

My take on it… share what you have with others while you are still alive and you can see the smiles and effects of your generosity. No, you can’t take it with you, but you can keep those feelings and blessings in your heart.

After Mass, I stopped to shake hands and talk to Father John. I told him that I was visiting from McKinney Texas and St. Gabriel Parish. He smiled and told me that he was familiar with this sister parish, and that he was trying to get our church to join his in a European trip. Father announced very loudly to the group standing round, “A visitor here from St. Gabriel’s in

Texas.” I had to take a selfie.

After church, we went to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. A wonderful art museum with famous artworks, sculptures, and gardens.

It was a beautiful day in Pasadena. It was pretty warm, 96 degrees there, but when we arrived back in Venice less than an hour later, it was 76 degrees. Very nice by the ocean.

A beautiful day. Happy Sunday my friends.

One Response to “Sunday Sermon at San Gabriel Mission”

  1. toniandrukaitis August 5, 2019 at 10:02 pm #

    Oops! My bad. The picture at San Gabriel is with Father Ray Smith.

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