Sunday Sermon and JUST BE KIND

26 Sep

“There are many benefits to being Catholic. When you go to Confession, your sins are forgiven. (With contrition, of course.) When you go to Mass, all that standing, kneeling, sitting, and making the sign of the cross twenty times is very good aerobic exercise, and they feed you bread and wine. When you pray for others, your soul is lifted. And, when you say grace before a meal, all the calories are taken away. (The last one is just wishful thinking.)

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Well, I didn’t get up at 7 am to get ready for Mass today. That’s another benefit of being Catholic. If you go to Saturday evening service, you don’t have to go on Sunday, too. Last night was our big 25th Anniversary Celebration after 5 o’clock Mass. So, this morning, I slept in and lounged around in my pajamas till well after noon. 🤦‍♀️

Therefore, today’s Gospel is the same as yesterday’s. This is the story of the disciple John telling Jesus about someone using His name to cast out demons. John was upset. I love this awesome quote, “For he that is not against us is for us.”…

38John said to him, “Teacher, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he was not following us.” 39But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him; for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon after to speak evil of me. 40For he that is not against us is for us. 41For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ, will by no means lose his reward. 42″Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung round his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 43And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. 45And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. 47And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 48where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.

My take on it… Wow! The quote about “For he that is not against us is for us,” is so perfect. We should all just get along. You do your thing, I do my thing, and stop ✋ telling other people how to live and that they are wrong when they are not harming any one. If you are doing good things and helping others, it doesn’t matter whose name, what incentive, or what cause you proclaim, it’s GOOD, and it’s KIND. JUST BE KIND!

There are several movements, books, and programs out there promoting KINDNESS. We can all do our part, one kind word at a time, and one kind deed at a time.

I have been tempted SO MANY times to comment when people say and do unkind things. There is so much negativity, trash talking, and ugly jokes out there about politics, the Covid controversies, our government, and our community. The resulting effects are contempt and chaos, brother against brother, and friend against friend.

I’ve been pretty quiet until NOW. Now, my comments will expressed, my voice will be heard, and you don’t have to agree with it. I only have ONE THING TO SAY!

“JUST BE KIND!” My angel mother always used to say, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say it.” So, Who’s with me???? Instead of attacking someone verbally or in writing, “JUST BE KIND!” When someone posts something mean or nasty on social media, you can comment by writing, “JUST BE KIND!” You can add a smiley face 😊 or a heart ♥️ or a hug 🤗. Let’s continue spreading the JUST BE KIND movement.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

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