Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

24 Oct

“Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful.”

~Harvey Mackay

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A beautiful Sunday. Gosh! Every Sunday is pretty beautiful. It has been very windy for the last couple of days. When I was greeting before Mass this morning, the gusty wind blew in a bunch of colorful leaves and a few people got an extra push in the door, too. 🤦‍♀️

Today’s Gospel was the parable of the self-centered Phararisee and the humble tax collector.

Gospel 

Lk 18:9-14

Jesus addressed this parable
to those who were convinced of their own righteousness
and despised everyone else.
“Two people went up to the temple area to pray;
one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector.
The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself,
‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity —
greedy, dishonest, adulterous — or even like this tax collector.
I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’
But the tax collector stood off at a distance
and would not even raise his eyes to heaven
but beat his breast and prayed,
‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’
I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former;
for whoever exalts himself will be humbled,
and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

My take on it… humility is admitting you are not perfect, and seeking forgiveness for your sins, and striving to do better. Always strive for perfection, knowing that you’ll never succeed.

After Mass, we stopped for coffee at McD with Helene, Jerry, Patricia and Barbara. we joked and laughed and shared stories. After that, Helene and went over to Tom Thumb to get our special coupon digital deal sales. Alas, they were out of the sale Yoplait yogurt, but they had the butter and cheese. Such is life.

When I got home, I went over to Miss Kathy’s across the street to update her on what was happening while she was on vacation. I was cat sitting for her and the boys were very good, but her nextdoor neighbor’s dogs broke through the fence and wouldn’t leave her yard. 😳🤦‍♀️ That was crazy.

We had our St. Gabriel 60+ potluck dinner this evening, but that’s another story for another day.

Another great day. Happy Sunday, my friends.

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