Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

5 Sep

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”

~Johann Wolfgan

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Another beautiful Sunday. Every Sunday is beautiful, isn’t it? I got to church before 8:30, but the Chateau bus of seniors got there before me. Oh no! I walked into the Sanctuary, lit my candle, and put my donation into the poor box, as my tradition.

I walked over to Mr. Mike sitting in the last row in his wheel chair, and gave him his hug. I scouted out the other ladies already sitting in their pews, gave them their hugs and apologized for being late. (Actually, they were early.) Miss Marylyn whispered, “Toni, I had to fend for myself and get my own bulletin.” I giggled and said, “I’m so sorry. I’ll say two Our Father’s and two Hail Mary’s.”

Then, back to my post greeting at the front door. So many smiling faces, babies in carriages, elderly folks walking slowly with canes, families, such beautiful families. An amazing way to start my day.

Here’s Helene!

Today’s Gospel could be a little confusing, with Jesus insinuating that we must hate our parents and family in order to be His Disciple. But, Father Don explained that in the ancient language, that the word hate could also mean give less importance. Thus, we should revere and love God more than others.

Gospel 

Lk 14:25-33 Great crowds were traveling with Jesus,
and he turned and addressed them,
“If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother,
wife and children, brothers and sisters,
and even his own life,
he cannot be my disciple.
Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me
cannot be my disciple.
Which of you wishing to construct a tower
does not first sit down and calculate the cost
to see if there is enough for its completion?
Otherwise, after laying the foundation
and finding himself unable to finish the work
the onlookers should laugh at him and say,
‘This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.’
Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down
and decide whether with ten thousand troops
he can successfully oppose another king
advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops?
But if not, while he is still far away,
he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms.
In the same way,
anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions
cannot be my disciple.”

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After Mass, Helene and I stopped at McD. Jerry and Patricia are in Hawaii, poor things, so they missed out. When we arrived, we found Miss Sabrina wearing a birthday crown, so we sang Happy Birthday to her. We’ve come to know all the regular staff and visitors.

Happy Birthday Miss Sabrina. See you next Sunday.

On my way home, a quick stop at Kroger to get my overpriced prescription at the pharmacy. I only take one prescription, and it’s $94 with insurance. Without insurance it would be almost $600 for 30 teeny tiny tablets. Crazy! Don’t get me started on big pharma!

I picked up a few groceries while I was there. Peaches on sale 89c a pound. Cool! The best part was, as I was over by the milk and egg coolers, I heard, “Miss Toni, is that you?” I looked up, it was Bonnie. We are Facebook friends, but I don’t think I’ve seen her in person since her wedding, and she has had a couple of babies since then. Hugs, hugs.

Hi Bonnie! You never know when you’ll bump into another sweet friend.

The rest of my Sunday was pretty lazy. A few noisy clouds thundered by with a quick downpour. The rain was more than welcome.

Then, a fun FaceTime with the granddaughters, showing off their new Halloween costumes.

Life is good! Happy Sunday, my friends.

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