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Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

11 Oct

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

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A lovely Sunday morning. The alarm was set for 7 am. I went across the street to feed Miss Kathy’s cats before church. They were happy to see me.

“Hurry up! Where’s the food.”

When I arrived at church, I was walking through the parking lot when I saw the Chateau bus driving towards the back entrance. I literally scurried through the long corridors to meet the bus on the far end. I’d call it a run, but it was more like a turtle troggle joggle.

There was also a baptism during Mass. A beautiful baby boy, Benjamin Joseph. I cried. I always cry at baptisms, weddings, funerals, the National Anthem, and pretty much every ceremony there is.

Today’s Gospel was the story of a wealthy man asking Jesus how he could earn eternal life. Jesus said to follow the commandments. The wealthy man said that he already did those things...

21 Jesus looked steadily at him and he was filled with love for him, and he said, ‘You need to do one thing more. Go and sell what you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’Jesus looked round and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!’22 But his face fell at these words and he went away sad, for he was a man of great wealth.24 The disciples were astounded by these words, but Jesusinsisted, ‘My children,’ he said to them, ‘how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!25 It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for someone rich to enter the kingdom of God.’26 They were more astonished than ever, saying to one another, ‘In that case, who can be saved?’27 Jesus gazed at them and said, ‘By human resources it is impossible, but not for God: because for God everything is possible.’28 Peter took this up. ‘Look,’ he said to him, ‘we have left everything and followed you.’29 Jesus said, ‘In truth I tell you, there is no one who has left house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children or land for my sake and for the sake of the gospel30 who will not receive a hundred times as much, houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and land — and persecutions too — now in this present time and, in the world to come, eternal life.

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Wow! My take on this… I can see where this Gospel reading can be difficult to understand. But, I do believe that if you have been blessed with wealth, that it is your obligation to share your blessings with others. There are so many people have so much wealth and are not satisfied, and they always want more and more. They would never dream of sharing with the less fortunate. Then, there are so many who have very little, yet they are the first to share with the less fortunate. They feel blessed and satisfied, so they feel obliged to share their blessings.

I like the analogy of a camel and the eye of a needle. A big ol’ fat lumpy camel is like a stingy greedy rich person, just storing up more and more, and trying to get into heaven. Good luck with that. I know quite a few people who have been blessed with a comfortable life and would be considered wealthy, and they are some of the most generous people I know. I don’t think they literally need to give everything away in order to get into heaven. And, it seems the more they share, the more they are blessed. Love God, love your fellow man, and share your blessings. Amen. Awomen…equal opportunity.

*****After Mass, we stopped for coffee at McD. And yes, I waited till 11 am to get another Happy Meal and toy for my girls. 🤦‍♀️

Later in the afternoon, I went over to Miss Sherry’s to see if I could help with her estate sale. I’m glad I went. She had a very sweet Mexican Family with two children come by, and they didn’t speak any English. I got to use my very rusty Spanish, and they bought a LOT of stuff. They just moved to Texas and didn’t have many things. They were there for nearly three hours. Miss Sherry was very generous and practically gave things away. (Again, with the Gospel theme…share with the less fortunate.)

It was a very good Sunday. I do feel very blessed. Happy Sunday, my friends.

I need a glass of wine. 🍷