Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

26 Apr


“Shepherds lift their heads,
not to gaze at a new light
but to hear angels.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich

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A beautiful Sunday morning, the sun was shining, and I was up early before the alarm at 7. I fed and walked the dog and then got ready for church, hoping to leave by 8:15. AND, I didn’t even show up in my pajamas. I’m getting the hang of this real-life-in person stuff.

Today was Good Shepherd Sunday. This is always a great metaphor.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus comparing himself to the good shepherd who is willing to lay down his life. And, He did just that.

Gospel, John 10:11-18

11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep….

16 And there are other sheep I have that are not of this fold, and I must lead these too. They too will listen to my voice, and there willbe only one flock, one shepherd….

My take on it… well, I really like the part that says “there are other sheep who are not in the fold, and I must lead these too.” Jesus is telling us that He is here to guide us all. Just like a good shepherd would not abandon stray, lost or sickly sheep, even if they weren’t his own. All would be welcome and under His protection. Now, that is a Good Shepherd.

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It was wonderful to see old friends at church that I hadn’t seen in so long. Father Don looked great after having some serious health issues the past few weeks. It was nice to sit and celebrate the Mass with my church family, Jerry, Helene and Bonita. Good to be back.

When I got dressed for church, I put on the ribbon rose flower pin that was my mother’s favorite. It made me feel close to her and it felt like she was there at Mass with me in spirit.

The rest of my day was just amazing, as usual. ❤️

Then, an evening FaceTime with my little granddaughters with their giggling and screaming and tickling one another. Always special.

I took Bella out for several walks in the park, but she REALLY Just wanted to go out back where she knew those baby bunnies were hiding out. We did go out in the back while I threw my dead bush stumps in the garbage. I thought the baby bunnies had all run away, but NO! One didn’t make it through the night, so I built a barrier around him. (I may have to ask someone to dispose of him, too sad,) Then, I heard another familiar squeal of desperation. Bella was chasing another baby bunny. This one hid behind a fence post, and I had to pick the dog up and bring her inside.

Poor frightened baby. And Miss Bella keeps sitting by my back door and pacing, wanting to go out and find the bunnies. I’ve taken her across the street to the park several times, but she keeps pulling me back towards the house. She wants those bunnies!

I’m trying to be a good shepherd of bunnies, but the dog is not cooperating.

Well, it’s after 9pm and I haven’t eaten much today, a brownie and a handful of trail mix. Gettin’ hungry. Happy Sunday, my friends.

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