Sunday Sermon, or Lack There Of

16 Mar

“Panic causes tunnel vision. Calm acceptance of danger allows us to more easily assess the situation and see the options.”

~Simon Sinek

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My Sunday morning routine was all discombobulated today. I didn’t set my alarm for 7 am, and I stayed in bed most the morning, feeling kind of sad. St. Gabriel was not celebrating Masses, and will cancel until the end of March. The church is still open for individuals to pray or worship, weddings, funerals, etc., but no Masses. As I said yesterday, I never thought I’d live to see the day.

But, like many other churches and denominations, a celebration of the Mass was recorded on video to share with the parishioners. It’s still not the same.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus talking to the Samaritan woman at the well. Jews did not associate with Samaritans, but Jesus spoke with her and made her a believer….

13 Jesus replied: Whoever drinks this water will be thirsty again;

14 but no one who drinks the water that I shall give will ever be thirsty again: the water that I shall give will become a spring of water within, welling up for eternal life.

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My take on it… faith and salvation are not narrow concepts, meant only for a particular group or religious belief. The earthly water we drink and the earthly food we eat will only sustain our bodies. All who believe in a supreme being, a creator, are sustained from within. In my book, which is pretty short, there are only two rules, Honor and love God, and honor and love your fellow man. All the rest falls under those two headings.

The rest of my Sunday was pretty much a blur. I only left the house to walk the dog a few times. I made a few phone calls, and then of course, the highlight of my day… FaceTime with the granddaughter. Gosh, they are getting bigger by the day. I guess the Chicago area is pretty much on lock down, too.

I just pray that we all survive this mass panic and confusion and illness. It would be nice to leave the world a better place than we found it for our future generations… like these little angels that God has blessed me with.

Happy Sunday my friends. Stay healthy, stay strong, and keep the faith.


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