Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

4 Jan

“The magi, as you know, were wise men—wonderfully wise men—who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents.”

~The Gift of the Magi, O. Henry


A beautiful Texas morning on this first Sunday of the New Year. A new year, a new start, an old tradition of watching Mass in my pajamas.

Today’s Gospel on this Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord is the story of the Magi following the star to Bethlehem to bring gifts to the newborn king…

”When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy; 11and going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.”

My take on it… even though these kings expected to pay homage to the king of kings, they found a humble family and the infant in a manger. Yet, they knew they had found the true king and offered their gifts. A wonderful tradition of giving gifts at Christmas.

I always joke and call it the Feast of the Three Wise Guys. And they had names… I always remembered Melchior and Balthazar, but forgot the third Wise Guy, so I’d say…Leroy. Now, I’ll remember, Caspar the friendly ghost.

Later tellings of the story identified the magi by name and identified their lands of origin: Melchior hailed from Persia, Gaspar (also called “Caspar” or “Jaspar”) from India, and Balthazar from Arabia.Dec 24, 2018

National Geographic

I did manage to work on my New Year’s to-do list. More organizing of my many containers and to-go boxes.

I know, I know…why do I need all these containers? I give a lot of food and baked goods away, and these containers are not expected to be returned. The styrofoam containers can be cut up and used for printmaking projects. Plus, I feel good about recycling and repurposing, not being so wasteful.

You know what? If I was around back then in Bethlehem, I probably would have brought Mary and Joseph some brownies in a recycled container, and painted a little plaque with blue flowers saying… JESUS, with a hand-painted birthday card.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

6 Responses to “Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff”

  1. Cheryl January 4, 2021 at 2:48 am #

    Good seed starter trays too.

    • toniandrukaitis January 4, 2021 at 7:01 am #

      Good idea, although I don’t exactly have a green thumb, but I should work on that. My thumbs are usually covered in paint or brownie mix.

      • Cheryl January 4, 2021 at 1:31 pm #


  2. jolene r kappes January 4, 2021 at 6:35 am #

    Reading this blog post sent me down a memory path.. It came to me that I had once seen on tv an old play about the three kings visiting the home of a poor boy while on their journey. I couldn’t at first remember the name of the play and Mr. Google wasn’t so helpful, but finally from out of the cobwebs at the back of my head came the title – Amahl and the Night Visitors! Now I could tell Mr. Google what I wanted, so he let his friend Wikipedia tell me the charming story the composer, Gian Carlo Menotti, had about how he came to write it for NBC. Look it up, Toni, I think you would like it too. After reading about Amahl I recalled one Christmas season we were fortunate enough to see Donny Osmond in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. And then I remembered seeing a professional performance of A Christmas Carol with extended family. So thanks for sparking these happy memories. I so look forward to post-covid time and being able to see plays and live concerts again. Thanks for your blog, and the inspiration of your faithfulness – 8 years of daily blogs! I like your quotes, and the surprise of sometimes reading your opening quote attributed to you!

    • toniandrukaitis January 4, 2021 at 7:00 am #

      That is so sweet, Jolene. I’ll definitely look up Amahl and the Night Visitors. And yes, I miss live performances, theatre, music, dancing, karaoke and all those wonderful entertainments that are old memories. Speaking of memories, when I lived back in Hawthorn Woods, I purchased season tickets to Lincolnshire plays and Mom would come out and visit a few days and we’d go to plays and lunches and have such a great time. She is the reason for my love of everything creative. From the time we were little kids, she taught us all about music, she played piano, and we sang and danced.

      And thank you so much for the kind words about my blogs and stories and quotes. It does my heart good to hear such praises. Hang in there, and maybe someday we can get back to doing the things we love. Hugs! 🤗

  3. Mbili Freedom January 4, 2021 at 8:52 am #

    After reading this story, i think you must consider being a sunday school teacher- this way of putting story sounds great to kids and adults. perfect

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