Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

24 Jul

“Consider once before you give, twice before you receive, and a thousand times before you ask.”

Maria von Ebner-Eschenbach

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Another beautiful Sunday… if you are partial to living on the scorching surface of the sun. Just kidding, well, almost. Actually, it was only 83° when I woke up at 7 am, but the temps rose about 10 degrees every hour. But, what do you expect from Texas in the summer? It’s only102° right now, but the forecast says we will cool off by Friday, the high will only be 99°. I hope I remember where I put my sweater. 🤦‍♀️

It was good to be back at the front door at St. Gabriel, greeting the parishioners before 9 o’clock Mass. A few people even asked where I was last Sunday, and did I have a note or a good excuse for my absence. When I told them I was at Disneyland with the grandkids, all was forgiven.

Today’s Gospel was the story of how “The Lord’s Prayer,” better known as the “Our Father” was introduced to the disciples who asked Jesus to teach them how to pray.

Gospel 

Lk 11:1-13Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished,
one of his disciples said to him,
“Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” 
He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread
and forgive us our sins
for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,
and do not subject us to the final test.”

And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend
to whom he goes at midnight and says,
‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,
for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey
and I have nothing to offer him,’
and he says in reply from within,
‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked
and my children and I are already in bed. 
I cannot get up to give you anything.’
I tell you,
if he does not get up to give the visitor the loaves
because of their friendship,
he will get up to give him whatever he needs
because of his persistence.

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives;
and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
What father among you would hand his son a snake
when he asks for a fish?
Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will the Father in heaven
give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”

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My take on it…. I thought about the “ask and you will receive“ part, and had to think twice. We can’t always just ask, ask, ask, like spoiled children. To me, Prayer should be more like thanking God for your blessings, and because He knows your hopes, dreams, fears, and needs, He will take good care of you. Just like a good father, a child could ask, ask, ask, for candy, a new toy, a bike, and have a tantrum, demanding his wants. A good father knows what’s best for the child and acts accordingly.

You know the old saying, “Watch out what you ask for?” Sometimes, what we ask for may not be a good idea. Maybe that is God looking out for you.

After Mass, Helene and I stopped for coffee at McD with Jerry and Patricia. Then, Joyce, Rich, and Barbara joined us, too. We should have our own St. Gabriel after church section. When I drove home, I thought, oh man, I totally forgot to take a picture or selfie of our little group, can you believe that? Me, Miss Selfie herself, forgot to take a picture. I must be slipping. 🤦‍♀️

When I got home, I was looking at Facebook and emails and kept nodding of in my chair. Seeing as I had nothing planned all day, I went and took a 3 hour nap. It pays to be old and unencumbered. ($2 word)

Happy Sunday, my friends.

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