Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

21 Feb

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”

– Oscar Wilde


Another lovely Sunday morning. A little cool, but not sock monkey hat cool.

Lent will soon be upon us, so this is a good time to think of what to give up or good works to do for these 40 days. I gave up ice cream once. Well, that was pretty tough. Won’t be doing that again.🤦‍♀️

Today’s Gospel was the very famous “turn the other cheek” story. (I have trouble with that, too….

Jesus said to his disciples:
“To you who hear I say,
love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person who takes your cloak, do not withhold even your tunic. Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same. If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, and get back the same amount. But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. “Stop judging and you will not be judged.Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.Give, and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing,
will be poured into your lap.For the measure with which you measure
will in return be measured out to you.”


My take on it…

I’ve done a little reading up and research about this scripture passage, as this is a difficult one for me. But one thing I have surmised, the term “turn the other cheek” was explained as a metaphor for taking insults in stride, or not seeking revenge for a personal affront. And the pray for your enemies, well I get that. One must feel sorry for and pray for those evil doers. God will take care of them in the end.

I’ve commented on this passage before, and my quote is not quite as forgiving. “If a person strikes you on one cheek, offer the other as well. If he strikes you again, well, he better run like hell.” I truly believe that even God would not want us to be physically or verbally abused, and continue to accept more. (But, that’s just me.) And, I do pray for those who have wronged me because I think they are sick disgusting narcissistic idiots who need all the help they can get. (Did I say that out loud?)

After Mass, we stopped for our usual quick coffee. I forgot to get a picture of the 3 Amigos, but I remembered after Jerry left, so it’s just me and Helene.

A quick beverage then off to Tom Thumb to pick up our Sunday sale items. I just love a good sale.
Another spectacular sunset. I didn’t even play with this or adjust. This is what my iPhone picked up in front of my house. Yowza!
Then, my favorite way to end the day. FaceTime with my little girls.

Another lovely Sunday. I hope your day was lovely too.

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