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Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

25 Sep

“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others.
Unsuccessful people are always asking, “What’s in it for me?”

Brian Tracy

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Well, it was very different not waking to the 7 am alarm this Sunday. But I must admit, I still enjoy 9 am Mass instead of Saturday evening.

So, I watched 9 am Mass on Facebook, just to feel at home. Father Cristian presided with his usual flair.

Today’s Gospel was the story of the rich man who totally ignored the poor, but when he died, he expected kindness and leniency.

Gospel

Lk 16:19-31

Jesus said to the Pharisees:
“There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen
and dined sumptuously each day.
And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,
who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps
that fell from the rich man’s table.
Dogs even used to come and lick his sores.
When the poor man died,
he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham.
The rich man also died and was buried,
and from the netherworld, where he was in torment,
he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off
and Lazarus at his side.
And he cried out, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me.
Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue,
for I am suffering torment in these flames.’
Abraham replied,
‘My child, remember that you received
what was good during your lifetime
while Lazarus likewise received what was bad;
but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented.
Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established
to prevent anyone from crossing who might wish to go
from our side to yours or from your side to ours.’
He said, ‘Then I beg you, father,
send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers,
so that he may warn them,
lest they too come to this place of torment.’
But Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets.
Let them listen to them.’
He said, ‘Oh no, father Abraham,
but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
Then Abraham said, ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets,
neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.'”

My take on it…. When you have been blessed with worldly gifts, but you do not share those blessings, that will be your only reward. Don’t expect any mercy when you die.

I found, from first hand experience, that some people do not believe in God, but rather they worship the “almighty dollar,” and live accordingly. Good luck with that!

Remember, “Sharing is Caring.”

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Some More Saturday Celebrations

19 Sep

“All that one gains by falsehood is, not to be believed when he speaks the truth.” Aristotle

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Another beautiful Sunday. I got to church just before the Senior Chateau bus arrived. I ran down the long hallway and was able to wave them in as they drove up. Hugs and bulletins for each one. I raced Mr. Mike down the hallway, but his motorized wheelchair was too fast for me. The smiles are priceless. That might be the only smile and hug they get today, or perhaps all week. Precious.

Today’s Gospel was the parable of the dishonest steward who took advantage of his position by lying and cheating.

Gospel 

Lk 16:1-13 Jesus said to his disciples,
“A rich man had a steward
who was reported to him for squandering his property.
He summoned him and said,
‘What is this I hear about you?
Prepare a full account of your stewardship,
because you can no longer be my steward.’
The steward said to himself, ‘What shall I do,
now that my master is taking the position of steward away from me?
I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg.
I know what I shall do so that,
when I am removed from the stewardship,
they may welcome me into their homes.’
He called in his master’s debtors one by one.
To the first he said,
‘How much do you owe my master?’
He replied, ‘One hundred measures of olive oil.’
He said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note.
Sit down and quickly write one for fifty.’
Then to another the steward said, ‘And you, how much do you owe?’
He replied, ‘One hundred kors of wheat.’
The steward said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note;
write one for eighty.’
And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently.
“For the children of this world
are more prudent in dealing with their own generation
than are the children of light.
I tell you, make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth,
so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
The person who is trustworthy in very small matters
is also trustworthy in great ones;
and the person who is dishonest in very small matters
is also dishonest in great ones.
If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth,
who will trust you with true wealth?
If you are not trustworthy with what belongs to another,
who will give you what is yours?
No servant can serve two masters.
He will either hate one and love the other,
or be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot serve both God and mammon.”

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My take on it… well, shall we just make it easy and say, “ Once a liar, always a liar?” If you are more concerned with money and wealth than honesty and integrity, you will never know the true meaning of life. Your reward will only be of this world, so don’t expect any more than that.

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Yesterday, I had such a fun day. In the morning, I met with my dear old friend from high school and her husband for breakfast on the Square. Linda and Vyto live in South Carolina, and happened to be in town for a concert. Gosh, we hadn’t seen each other in many years. It was good to catch up.

They stopped by to visit me at my house today before heading to the airport early tomorrow.
Thanks for the visit! 🤗🤗

Here’s a couple of links to more Mexican Independence Day celebration folklorico dancers from yesterday.

On that note 🎶, HAPPY SUNDAY!

September 11:( Sunday Sermon and “Never Forget.”

11 Sep

“When Americans lend a hand to one another, nothing is impossible. We’re not about what happened on 9/11. We’re about what happened on 9/12.”
Jeff Parness

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An absolutely gorgeous Sunday morning, cool and a slight breeze. A relief from the constant Texas heat. Greeting before Mass, I was able to visit with friends, smiling, hugging, high five to little ones, admiring babies in strollers, and chatting.

Francisco met our new seminarian, Allen-Michael, who will be with us until next May.

Today’s Gospel was the story of those complaining that Jesus associated with sinners and unsavory people… Gospel

Lk 15:1-32 Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus,
but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying,
“This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
So to them he addressed this parable.
“What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them
would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert
and go after the lost one until he finds it?
And when he does find it,
he sets it on his shoulders with great joy
and, upon his arrival home,
he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them,
‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’
I tell you, in just the same way
there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents
than over ninety-nine righteous people
who have no need of repentance….

My take on it… we always appreciate finding what was once lost, whether it be a lost item of importance or a person. God welcomes all lost souls who return to Him.

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After Mass, a quick stop at McD and the grocery store.

Most everyone is remembering that tragic day of September 11, 2001 today. Those of us who lived during that event will never forget the hours and repeated hours that are etched into our memory.

Here are some of my fond memories of honoring that day and honoring our first responders.

“NEVER FORGET.”

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.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

29 Aug

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”

~John Lennon

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A lovely Sunday morning. But, I woke with a nagging headache, more like a lingering migraine that I had since yesterday, but I took yet another Tylenol and got ready for church. Distraction and fresh air always helps. Greeting at the door before 9 o’clock Mass always brightens my day.

Father Cristian has a very charismatic charm about him, with his distinctive Spanish accent combined with a pleasant sense of humor.

Today’s Gospel was the parable about how a guest being invited to a wedding should not choose a place of honor…

Gospel, Luke 14:1, 7-14

1 Now it happened that on a Sabbath day he had gone to share a meal in the house of one of the leading Pharisees; and they watched him closely.7He then told the guests a parable, because he had noticed how they picked the places of honour. He said this,8 ‘When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take your seat in the place of honour. A more distinguished person than you may have been invited,9 and the person who invited you both may come and say, “Give up your place to this man.” And then, to your embarrassment, you willhave to go and take the lowest place.10 No; when you are a guest, make your way to the lowest place and sit there, so that, when your host comes, he may say, “My friend, move up higher.” Then, everyone with you at the table willsee you honoured.11 For everyone who raises himself up will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be raised up.’12 Then he said to his host, ‘When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relations or rich neighbours, in case they invite you back and so repay you.13 No; when you have a party, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind;14 then you will be blessed, for they have no means to repay you and so you will be repaid when the upright rise again.’

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My take on it… always be humble and considerate instead of arrogant and boastful. Your reward is knowing your own worth, and others will see that too.

After Mass, I stopped for coffee at McD with Patricia. Rich joined us later. When I was standing in line, a familiar face walked in the door. She said hello, recognizing me from greeting at church. I introduced myself. Her name is JoAnn. That’s my sister’s name, so I won’t forget. You can see someone a hundred times, but if you don’t introduce yourself, you are just passing ships in the proverbial night. After she placed her order, I slipped my credit card into the little machine and paid for her breakfast. She was pleasantly surprised and grateful. She said she would pay it forward. Nice.

Miss JoAnn. Sweet smile.

I spent some time visiting and chatting with friends until noon, when I was going back to church for a Connection-Orientation meeting. Father Don and Connection Ministry wanted to welcome new parishioners and talk to those interested in different ministries after 11 o’clock Mass. There was a quick lunch, slide presentation, question-answer session and guided tour of the sanctuary. Helene joined me there. She went to 11 o’clock.

I chatted with some new parishioners at lunch, extolling the praises of St. Gabriel and the ministries available. One couple had young children, and they were interested in the children’s programs. They were originally from Mexico, so I got to practice my rusty Spanish. Hopefully that didn’t dissuade them. Father Don escorted us outside, and told us about all the statues, gardens, and architecture. Then, he walked us through the sanctuary, pointing out the meaning of each stained glass window, etc. We see these walls and windows every Sunday, but when you know the meaning behind each piece of artful architecture, it’s so much more meaningful.
I was especially impressed and inspired, seeing as I have sketched and drawn many of these windows and statues. There are still many more to draw.

It was a fine Sunday, ending with a nice FaceTime call with the granddaughters.

Daddy put together a new LEGO table and station for them, and they were having fun playing. Sweet little faces.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

21 Aug

“When the gate is too narrow, just squeeze under the fence.”

-Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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A lovely Sunday. I took an umbrella with me to church, but alas, no rain. Darn!

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus explaining to His followers who will be saved…

Gospel 

Lk 13:22-30Jesus passed through towns and villages,
teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem.
Someone asked him,
“Lord, will only a few people be saved?”
He answered them,
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate,
for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter
but will not be strong enough.
After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door,
then will you stand outside knocking and saying,
‘Lord, open the door for us.’
He will say to you in reply,
‘I do not know where you are from.
And you will say,
‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’
Then he will say to you,
‘I do not know where you are from.
Depart from me, all you evildoers!’
And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth
when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
and all the prophets in the kingdom of God
and you yourselves cast out.
And people will come from the east and the west
and from the north and the south
and will recline at table in the kingdom of God.
For behold, some are last who will be first,
and some are first who will be last.”

My take on it…it’s not enough to just say that you believe in the Lord , you have to walk the walk and live the life.

After Mass, Helene, Jerry, Patricia and I stopped at McD for coffee.

Still no rain. I’m still waiting. I may have to go outside and do the rain dance. 🤦‍♀️

A nice Sunday FaceTime call with the granddaughters.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

14 Aug

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

~Abraham Lincoln

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A very lovely Sunday morning, of course, until the heat kicked in. But, that’s why God created air conditioning. Well, He got a little help from Willis Carrier, “The Father of Air conditioning.”

I arrived at St. Gabriel early with plenty of time to run over to greet the ladies on the Chateau bus. I was busy opening the huge heavy metal door this morning. It was a little more crowded with families, as it was also a day for “blessing the backpacks,” and all the students heading back to school. I wondered why so many children came to Mass with backpacks. When you don’t have young kids, you get out of the loop.

Today’s Gospel was a bit confusing, with Jesus saying He had come to set the earth on fire, and there would be division in families…

Gospel 

Lk 12:49-53Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have come to set the earth on fire,
and how I wish it were already blazing!
There is a baptism with which I must be baptized,
and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!
Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?
No, I tell you, but rather division.
From now on a household of five will be divided,
three against two and two against three;
a father will be divided against his son
and a son against his father,
a mother against her daughter
and a daughter against her mother,
a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”

My take on it… I’ll admit, I had to read a few reflections to better understand. What I finally decided is that Jesus came to earth, not to force people to follow His way, but to guide and show the way to redemption and heaven, for which He gave up His life. Families would be divided because not everyone chooses good over evil or kindness over cruelty or love over hatred. Again, there’s that free will thing.

Now, more so than I’ve ever seen in my lifetime, in our own country, I see that “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Sad.

After Mass, I stopped at McD with Miss Joyce. Everyone was either on vacation or had other plans. we had a nice visit.

Miss Joyce is so sweet. When I told her how I always love seeing what beautiful outfit she was going to wear to church, she said that she was old school. She grew up with the teachings that you always wear your nicest clothes to church, thus, your Sunday best.” Pearls? I have pearls. Why don’t I wear my pearls?

Maria and Marta at McDonald’s are always smiling and gracious. I appreciate that they don’t laugh at my poor Spanish when I say, “Muchisimas gracias!” They reply with a kind retort, but sometimes it’s so fast, I can’t make it out. I’m pretty sure it’s nice.

After McD, a quick stop at Tom Thumb. Remember? Bananas were on sale.

The rest of my day… nada, not much, just lazy. Life is good. Happy Sunday!

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

8 Aug

“The best way to make new friends is just smile. The rest just falls into place.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Yikes, another hot day. Crazy! No end in sight. It was SO hot today… How hot was it, Miss Toni? It was SO hot that when the deacon mentioned the intentions to pray for, one was for rain and relief from the heat. “Lord, hear our prayer.” 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

I arrived at church nice and early and chatted with friends before greeting at the door. I ran down the hall and caught the ladies getting off the Chateau bus. I asked Miss Marilyn if she would save me a seat, as both Helene and Jerry are on vacation, and I don’t get in until after Mass starts.

Today, the parishioners were especially cheerful, with big smiles and a few hugs. I greeted Miss Barbara with a hug, and the lady behind her, who I didn’t know asked, “Oh, are we giving out hugs today?” I replied with a smile and a hug. I hold open the huge heavy metal door for folks, keeping the door closed when there is a brief lull. We don’t want to waste all that air conditioning. I even received a sweet compliment this morning. One lady said, “You have such a beautiful smile!” Aw! Made my day.

Today’s Gospel was the story Jesus told the disciples about the master returning from a wedding, and if the servants were prepared and vigilant, they would be rewarded by being served by the master at his own table…

“Gird your loins and light your lamps
and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding,
ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.
Blessed are those servants
whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.
Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,
have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.
And should he come in the second or third watch
and find them prepared in this way,
blessed are those servants.
Be sure of this:
if the master of the house had known the hour
when the thief was coming,
he would not have let his house be broken into.
You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect,
the Son of Man will come.”

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My take on it…. I guess we always have to be prepared for our last day or judgment day. No one knows the exact day or time that will be our last, do we? If you live a good life, you will always be prepared.

Then, we had another baptism and welcomed Callahan John to our Catholic community.

After Mass, a few friends stopped for coffee at McD. Barbara, Joyce, me, Rich and Judy. Oh my goodness! We shared stories and laughed and giggled so loud. At one point I thought the management might come out and reprimand the old folks at table one.

I walked over to Tom Thumb to get a few sale items. I always look to see if Miss Suzy is working and I go to her check out line. I was in a silly mood, so I asked her to pose for a photo op. She was feeling silly too.

The adorable Miss Suzy. Cute!

On my way out, I saw Mr. Alex, who works in the floral department. He and his wife are artist friends. So, he had to show me a couple hundred pictures of his new grand baby.

Very proud grandpa Alex. I was tempted to show him a few hundred of my granddaughters’ photos, but then I’d never get out of there and he’d get in trouble.

Also, when I was getting ready to leave, I received a smile and a wave from a young man that I didn’t recognize. He said, “I know you from St. Gabriel. I see you every Sunday greeting at the door, even years ago at the old church.” He introduced himself, and we shook hands. We chatted a few minutes about how much we both love St. Gabriel. He said that he taught vacation Bible school and CCD for many years, but as his kids got older, he stopped. He missed it.

This is Gilbert. Another new friend, another smile. So many smiles today.

The rest of my Sunday was lazy, lazy, lazy. A nice FaceTime call with the granddaughters after dinner. Now, if my California boy calls me tonight, my day will be just perfect.

Happy Sunday, my friends. I hope you are smiling. And, oh yes, join me in praying for some much needed rain here in Texas. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 Every little bit helps. Thank you.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

1 Aug

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”

~Mahatma Gandhi

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Still NO relief in sight for cooler temps or rain, but it was a fine sunny morning, and delightful day at church. I actually arrived early enough to greet the ladies that come on the Chateau bus. I put my money into the St.Vincent de Paul poor box and then over to put my dollar in to light a candle. There were only a few candles left, as they hadn’t been replaced. Uh oh, no little stick thing to light with. I couldn’t light my candle, but I figured God knew my intentions without the fire.

Our new priest, Father Cristian, presided today. He’s kinda funny and charming, so not too many people will fall asleep on his watch. We also had a baptism. The baby was crying like crazy before the baptism part started. Father pointed over to the baby during the disruption and said something like, “That’s OK, he’s being baptized today. We’ll get to him in a minute.”

Today’s Gospel was the parable that Jesus shared when a man asked Him to tell his brother that he needed to share his inheritance….

Gospel

Lk 12:13-21Someone in the crowd said to Jesus,
“Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” 
He replied to him,
“Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?” 
Then he said to the crowd,
“Take care to guard against all greed,
for though one may be rich,
one’s life does not consist of possessions.”

Then he told them a parable.
“There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest.
He asked himself, ‘What shall I do,
for I do not have space to store my harvest?’
And he said, ‘This is what I shall do:
I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones.
There I shall store all my grain and other goods
and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you,
you have so many good things stored up for many years,
rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’
But God said to him,
‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you;
and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’
Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves
but are not rich in what matters to God.”

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My take on it… Jesus was right, life isn’t about possessions, wealth and worldly things. You can’t take it with you, so why do so many lie, cheat, steal, and always want more? You can enjoy life, and still share your blessings with others.

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After church, our usual stop at McD with Helene, Jerry and Patricia.

Helene is so cute. I make her pose for a photo op, and she always complies.

No stop at the store, as I still have so many leftovers and my freezer is exploding.

The rest of my day was lazy and inside with air conditioning. A few phone calls, and a nice FaceTime visit with the granddaughters.

They were working on some art projects. Aren’t they cute!

Happy Sunday, my friends.

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.