Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

26 Jul


“God is our great provider!
The Lord’s blessings are our greatest wealth.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

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Well, it’s heating up here in Texas, with the highs in the 90’s. The good news is that it wasn’t over 100 today, The bad news, we’re supposed to get there the rest of the week. Oh well, it’s Texas after all. What do we expect? I spent most of the day in the air conditioning, so today I’m grateful for electricity and air conditioning.

It was nice to get back to St. Gabriel for morning Mass. We were also celebrating our 25th Anniversary as a parish after all the services this weekend with donuts in the community center. We also welcomed a new priest who is replacing Father Dankasa. Father Don introduced Father Bart, who was warmly received.

Today’s Gospel was the very famous story of the 5 loaves and 2 fish that fed the multitude of hungry followers.

11Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, that nothing may be lost.” 13So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten. 14When the people saw the sign which he had done, they said, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world!”

My take on it… even in our darkest hour, if we have faith and trust in the Lord, He will provide. What may seem impossible can be possible. Heck, not only did He feed the crowd of thousands, there was a lot more left over than they even started with.

I had to smile, this story reminded me of the many times that I started to bake mini cupcakes, thinking that two cake mixes wouldn’t be enough. Then, I ended up with about 144 little cupcakes, enough to feed an army and plenty left over.

After Mass, I stopped in the community center to say welcome to Father Bart. I ran into a few friends and said hello. I was good and didn’t even have a donut.

But, here’s a neat story of my own. A lady in the crowded cafeteria came up to me and said, “Hi, Toni. You probably don’t remember me, but I was in the CRHP Womens Retreat with you a few years ago, and I still remember your witness testimony that you told us. It was so moving. Thank you.”

Wow! I was so honored, and I thought, if my story of reconciliation, and how God took tragedy and pain, and turned it into celebration and joy, if I could inspire even just one person, then I feel very accomplished. I’ve had a few other ladies over the past four years say the same thing. I didn’t recognize their faces, but they remembered me and my story. Awesome! That made my day.

The rest of my afternoon was awesome. I stayed inside with air conditioning, so I had no idea how hot it got out there. I made a couple of phone calls and talked to my sisters. And of course, the highlight is when my little girls FaceTime and talk to Grandma. I think they miss me just a little.

Feeling blessed. Happy Sunday, my friends,

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