Sunday Sermon and Easter Celebration

18 Apr

“We proclaim the resurrection of Christ when his light illuminates the dark moments of our existence.”

~Pope Francis


A beautiful Easter Sunday morning. The 6:30 alarm found a dark morning sky. We all knew that 8:30 Mass would be crowded, so my plan was to leave by 7:30. I still wanted to put the Peeps on top of a few cupcakes for more Easter Sharing after Mass.

Unfortunately, my early Mass with Father Barth was not video taped, so this is the 11 am Mass photos with Father Don.

Today’s Gospel was about finding the tomb empty… He has Risen.


Jn 20:1-9

On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.”
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter
and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered his head,
not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple also went in,
the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
and he saw and believed.
For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead.

A glorious Gospel for a glorious day. The Easter service was filled with song and celebration after the long forty days of quiet solemnity.

After Mass, even the overflowing parking lots were dispersed seamlessly with the help of many volunteers and the McKinney PD officers directing traffic.

Helene and I stopped for our usual after church hot chocolate at McD. The place was empty except for a young father with his little daughter. I waved at the little girl and she said “Hi.” Her father said it was her birthday today. I had brought my bag of containers with cupcakes inside with me so they wouldn’t stay in the warm car. Helene and I went over and gave the little girl and her dad a cupcake and sang Happy Birthday. Dad and daughter were so appreciative of the kindness of strangers,

Later, a familiar face that we see every Sunday came in with his book and ordered his same coffee. He smiled and said “Happy Easter.”

After all these many months of seeing a familiar face, we made our formal introductions. Happy Easter, Avi. See you next Sunday.

Then, guess who else popped in. Miss Susie from Tom Thumb was on her lunch break.

Ooh! More cupcakes. She thought they were just too cute. I gave Helene a couple of small containers of cupcakes to take home and share with her friends.

Then, on my way home, a stop at Fire Station 5, my old station.

Happy Easter Station 5.

When I got home, I texted Miss Kathy to see if she was home for a couple of cupcakes. She said she wasn’t home yet, but I have my key. So I put a couple cupcakes in her fridge.

Tim and family across the street were home.
Just sharing and caring with my “Peeps.”

It was a busy day of church, friends and many cupcakes. I went for my evening walk and enjoyed the sunny warm evening. The best part was a FaceTime call from the kids. It’s always great to see the granddaughters and hear about their adventures.

They went to the zoo today. It was pretty cold there. I was out walking with a t-shirt on.

A beautiful Easter Sunday from early morning till the end of day.

Happy Easter, my friends.

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