Sunday Sermon, Social Security Scam, and Some Adorable Granddaughters

23 Nov

“Just when I thought I could trust Google to give me an accurate weather report, she goes and changes my mind. Never trust a machine.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Every morning when I wake up, I say, “OK Google, what’s the temperature.” My Google assistant always replies politely. Today, I asked her, “OK Google, is it going to rain today?” It was pretty cloudy out, but she replied, “The chance of rain today is very unlikely with only a 10% chance.” So, I put on my jacket, because she told me earlier it was 58°, I put the leash on the dog, and off we went for our morning walk. We got about two blocks away when it started to pour rain. We scurried home, and while I dried my wet hair with a towel, I asked Google, “OK Google, is it supposed to rain today.” She replied, “There is a moderate chance of rain this morning.” It was only 10 minutes earlier that she said unlikely. I won’t tell you what I said to her. Can’t even trust Google.

I dried off, made my tea and got my cracker ready for Mass on TV. (I get my tea and cracker blessed virtually on Sunday.)

Today’s Gospel was the very familiar story from Matthew saying when the Son of Man comes with His angels on the last day, all will be sorted out and placed either on His right or left. On the right will be those who will be rewarded with the kingdom of heaven…

“35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you made me welcome,

36 lacking clothes and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me.”

37 Then the upright will say to him in reply, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?

38 When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome, lacking clothes and clothe you?

39 When did we find you sick or in prison and go to see you?”

40 And the King will answer, “In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.”

Those placed on His left will be those who neglected to feed the hungry, give drink, clothing, mercy and kindness to strangers. “”They will go away to eternal punishment.”

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My take on it… It’s pretty obvious that the kindness we show to others, especially strangers and those in need will be rewarded. Personally, I think most kind and generous people do these things, not for the promise of heaven or a reward, but rather for the wonderful feeling you get when you help another human being and make them smile.

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Now, for the Social Security Scam. I received a text message from a very official looking Social Security alert, saying I have a new message. Click here and log in. It had the secure and the .gov words, but I didn’t trust it right off the bat. I Googled the phone number and found dozens of other reports of a scam from this same number. SO! LOOK OUT FOLKS!!!!

Here’s what I found on Google.

Yikes! Crazy, right? You don’t know who or what to trust anymore.

I ended my day with a nice FaceTime visit with granddaughters. I sure miss them like crazy, and I won’t get to see them this Christmas. 😔 Technology does have some saving graces.

And look, they take after Grandma and like to sing karaoke.

This was a great song. NJJVGHJYG NGCHMMM MKJGBBFGB. And she chewed on the top a few times for more crunchy sound effects.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

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