Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

20 Jun

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
― Albert Einstein

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Another beautiful, gonna get really hot, Sunday. I arrived at church early so I could light my candle, get a few bulletins, then run over to the side door to meet the Chateau Senior bus. Darn, they were already in the door before I could run over to meet the bus pulling up. I have the ladies a hug, gave them their bulletin, and asked if Mr. Mike was coming.

Miss Marilyn said he was still coming. He has a wheel chair, so the driver has to lower him on one of those up and down thingys. I squally grab the handles and race him down the long hallway. Today, I gave him his hug and started to reach for the handles…. oh my, Mr. Mike had a brand new motorized shiny red wheel chair scooter vehicle.

I said, “Oh no! Now I won’t be able to scoot you down the hall at lightning speeds anymore.” He laughed. But, then I said, “I know! I’ll race you!” I lined up next to him and did the “On your mark , get set, go!” We raced down the hall. I let him win. (Not really. He was pretty fast.)

After our race, I went over to the front door to do a little greeting. Oh, I missed greeting the folks coming in for church. With all the Covid stuff, we hadn’t gotten back. We did have a church meeting of the Welcome Ministry last Sunday, talking about getting back into the swing. But, mostly they talked about standing behind the Welcome desk in the narthex to answer questions or help new parishioners get info. I just want to greet people. We haven’t started yet, but I started anyway.

Above the heavy metal door is a Bible verse. The two hands made me think that welcoming and greeting people on their way into church was more of my calling than standing behind a desk inside. (A sign)
Ah, look! It’s Helene. (I made her do the hands up Toni greeting.)

I had so many smiling faces and salutations as I greeted. I got to see the sweet babies, elderly couples holding hands, and that adorable family with the five little girls all in matching dresses with matching pink bows. This just gives me such joy. A few people even said, “You’re back! Good morning, so good to see you!”

Here’s a cool story… I saw a lot of familiar faces as I greeted at the door, but also a few new faces. I gave out a few hugs to some elderly folks who were moving slowly, just to give them a chance to catch their breath on this hot and steamy morning.

Then, I saw an elderly gentleman walking ever so slowly down the long sidewalk. His wooden cane strained under his tired arm. He finally made it up the two narrow steps, so I scooted across the way by the other entrance and said, “Good morning! Looks like you could use a hug!” As I gave him his hug, he paused and let out a slow sigh. He said, “I needed that. I had a heart attack a few weeks ago and I’m movin’ slow.” Then he look right into my eyes and said, “Would you pray for me?” I assured the sweet old gentleman that I would pray for him. I think we both needed that hug today. 🤗

Today’s Gospel on this Feast of Corpus Christi is the famous story of the loaves and fishes. Jesus blessed the five loaves and two fish and then fed thousands.

Gospel

Lk 9:11b-17

Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God,
and he healed those who needed to be cured.
As the day was drawing to a close,
the Twelve approached him and said,
“Dismiss the crowd
so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms
and find lodging and provisions;
for we are in a deserted place here.”
He said to them, “Give them some food yourselves.”
They replied, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have,
unless we ourselves go and buy food for all these people.”
Now the men there numbered about five thousand.
Then he said to his disciples,
“Have them sit down in groups of about fifty.”
They did so and made them all sit down.
Then taking the five loaves and the two fish,
and looking up to heaven,
he said the blessing over them, broke them,
and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd.
They all ate and were satisfied.
And when the leftover fragments were picked up,
they filled twelve wicker baskets.

My take on it… miracles do happen when you have faith. But also, the analogy of, you require very little to satisfy your needs when you follow the Lord’s teachings because if you share what you have, no one should ever go without or go hungry.

After Mass, Helene, Ashleigh and I stopped at McD for a beverage. The rest of my day has been just flittering around.

I did get to FaceTime with my favorite family and say Happy Father’s Day to my eldest son. He truly is the finest father that I’ve ever known. Aren’t those girls getting big!

Happy Father’s Day, Happy Sunday, Happy Day, my friends. ❤️

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