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Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

21 May

And the only sin that the blood of Christ can’t wash away is the sin you don’t ask forgiveness for.”

Matthew 12

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This morning, while I was getting ready for church, I heard that ping on my cell phone. When I looked, it was the weather app saying, “Chance of showers at 8:27.” I always laugh and think, “Yah, right. How do they know exactly.” But, I was thankful, because I grabbed my umbrella on the way out the door at 8:15. I drove down the street and at 8:27, it started to sprinkle. Ha!

Instead of being annoyed at the dreary rainy day as I drove, I thought, “Thank you God for washing off that big plop of bird poop that’s been sitting smack in the middle of my windshield all week.” It’s not that I was too lazy to wash it off. I just am old and kept forgetting until I jumped into the car and put it in reverse. Thanks for the free car wash.

Today is Pentecost Sunday. The first and second readings were read in English, German and Swahili. Then, Father Don read the Gospel John 20:19-23. And, he read it only in Spanish. He did a pretty good job for a Gringo. Jerry, standing next to me whispered,”Did you understand any of that?” I smiled and said, “Yep, all of it.”

On the evening of that first day of the week,

when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,

for fear of the Jews,

Jesus came and stood in their midst

and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.

The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.

As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”

And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,

“Receive the Holy Spirit.

Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,

and whose sins you retain are retained.”

My take on it… Jesus asked the disciples to go out and spread His word. He breathed on them so they could receive the Holy Spirit. Here’s the interesting part, “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” Even Jesus and the Bible tries to explain the meaning of forgiveness. Yes, it is important to forgive sinners of their sins, BUT it is not a blank check, free for all, do as you please without remorse blanket of forgiveness. God knows what’s in your heart and will forgive the truly penitent and remorseful. There are just some people who are evil, just don’t care, and don’t deserve forgiveness.

Matthew 12:31 KJV

Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

The unpardonable or unforgivable sin, it is to deliberatly refuse to acknowledge God, to turn your back on him. It is blaintantly refusing the Holy spirit when he is trying to tell you or lead and convict you of your wrong doing. Anyone who has committed such a sin has removed themself from the only force that leads them to repentance, in so doing their hearts are harden, and sin no longer feels sinful and there is no longer a need to ask for forgiveness. And the only sin that the blood of Christ can’t wash away is the sin you didn’t ask forgiveness for.

Well, that being said….Amen.

After Mass, the sky cleared up a bit and it turned out to be a nice day, so I took my long walk around the neighborhood. I stopped in Mr. Larry’s garage, but I didn’t have a beer today. Too early. We just chatted with Miss Sandy, and I was showing them a few things on their new smart phones. They are a little bit older, (not much compared to me) and finally gave up the old flip phone. There’s a lot to figure out.

I lobe my neighborhood. There’s a nice combination of young families, old people like me, many races and religions, cops and firemen, and cats and dogs running all around with the kids. A nice community.

Yesterday, our HOA hosted a gathering at the splash pad across from the pond. Lots of kids and laughing. Neighbors brought picnics and the kids splashed around. It was pretty hot. They even hired one of those icee trucks that serves snow cones. I got one, but was thinking it would have been better with margarita splashed on top instead of wild colored syrupy stuff.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Red Sox/Rangers Game

7 May

“Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.”

Sai Baba

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A beautiful sunny Sunday. This morning at Mass, about twenty beautiful children made their First Communion. Just seeing those bright angelic faces, so serious and devout, was just delightful,

Today’s Gospel was Jesus telling his disciples that we should all love one another.

This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.

No one has greater love than this,

to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

You are my friends if you do what I command you…

so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.

This I command you: love one another.”

My take on it…Jesus tells us that we must love one another, but also follow all His commandments. If we follow these guidelines and lead a good life, we will be in God’s favor. I do believe that God has looked out for me, so it must be working.

After church, I was looking forward to a fun day with friends. Linda Grossman, World’s Greatest Realtor, (have I mentioned that before? Ha!) invited me and a couple of friends to the Ranger’s baseball game. We had a great time. The Rangers lost to he Red Sox, but we were having a great day.

After the game, there was a concert. Josh Abbott Band performed. They are a Texas Country band. I certainly am expanding my Texas horizons,

The only song I recognized was “The stars at night are big and bright….deep in the heart of Texas.” But, I can appreciate all music. It was fun Country toe-tapping music.

I had a fun day, plus I made a couple of new friends.

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

30 Apr

“Everything has seasons, and we have to be able to recognize when something’s time has passed and be able to move into the next season. Everything that is alive requires pruning as well, which is a great metaphor for endings.”

Henry Cloud

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A super spectacular sunny Sunday. Did you ever notice when the weather is wonderful, people smile and laugh and have a pep in their step? I know, I certainly do. There were a lot of hugs and handshakes this morning before Mass.

Today’s Gospel was about Jesus telling His disciples, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower…….”I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing,”

My take on it… sometimes some very serious pruning has to go on in order for a plant to flourish. The dead or diseased branches have to be removed in order for new growth, for the vines or plants to flourish. Jesus used this analogy to describe how His Father will take care of the faithful and prune away the bad people, allowing the faithful to grow strong.

Another good analogy for all of us to heed. Stay clear of those draining sources that make us shrivel up and die. Prune your life of negative energy and negative people, so you can grow strong and resilient. It may be painful at first, but the results are worthwhile. I like that. I can relate. Most of us can.

After Mass, I met my friend Zelda for lunch at Square Burger. Then, we walked around and sat in the sun. It was such a beautiful warm day. Of course, that called for ice cream at Dairy Queen later.

After ice cream, a long walk was in order when I got home. Running into neighbors and stopping to chat usually turned a normal 45 minute walk into a two hour talking tour. Oh well! It allowed me to catch the beautiful evening moon.

Happy Sunday!!!

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff:) The Good Shepherd

23 Apr

“If you want to give a message to the world, let it be simple, as simple as the life of a shepherd!”

― Mehmet Murat ildan

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After yesterday’s dark gloomy skies, the early morning sun burst through the distant grey clouds. It was a glorious morning for a 7:30’am walk before church.

Today is Good Shepherd Sunday. The Gospel reading was about Jesus telling us how He is our good shepherd, as He would lay down His life for us.

Jesus said:

“I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them. This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep.

My take on it…. Jesus did lay down His life for us, as a good shepherd would. When you love unconditionally, when you are responsible for others in your care, or like a good parent, you would lay down your life to protect those in your charge or to protect your child from harm.

When I had children of my own, I often thought about the responsibilities of a mother and what I would do for my child. I knew that I would gladly lay down my life for my children if I ever had to make that decision. No question. That is unconditional love.

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After Mass, a quick coffee and chat with my friend Jerry, then off to Sprouts to check out the sales. OH NO! I went NUTS…literally. Dark chocolate covered walnuts (my favorite) were on sale for only $3.99 a pound. So were sea salt almonds and dark chocolate covered raisins. I went nuts. I did buy some fruit and vegetables to counteract the many pounds of nuts I purchased. I’m not much of a carnivore. I rarely buy meat, but I never met a nut I didn’t like.

Another long evening walk, wispy clouds, and visiting with neighbors made for a super Sunday. My message and my life are simple. I’m a good shepherd. I just need to find my sheep.

Sunday Sermon and So Much More

9 Apr

“Seeing is believing, but somethings you just can’t see, like faith, respect, loyalty, and love.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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“One of the nice things about being busy is it makes you focus on what’s important to you and how you use your time.”

~Lorne Michaels

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It was sooo cold in McKinney this weekend….How cold was it Miss Toni? It was sooo cold, I got another day to wear my sock monkey hat when I walked the dog at 7:30 this morning, and while greeting before 9 o’clock Mass.

Today, the Gospel was the story of Thomas, who did not believe that Jesus had appeared to the other disciples after His resurrection because he didn’t see Him with his own eyes, nor see where the nails or spear pierced pierced His flesh. So, Jesus appeared again through locked doors and told Thomas to put his hands in the wounds. Thomas then believed, but….

Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?

Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

My take on it… you shouldn’t have to have physical proof to believe in God. You shouldn’t have to have physical proof to believe in faith, respect, loyalty, and love. Also, being Divine Mercy Sunday, it was a good day to think about faith and forgiveness.

We also had a baptism today. William Mark was welcomed by all. I tried to take a better photo, but I didn’t want to say, “Father, can you move out of the way?”

I sat next to my new friend Jan that I met a few weeks ago before my last Chicago trip. We stopped at McDonald’s for coffee afterwards.

Jan has just been visiting her family for a few weeks, but will be moving here in June. She was so excited because she already has several groups and clubs that she plans on joining. She loves McKinney too.

I came home and walked the dog again. We were both still pretty cold. Then, I got a surprise call from my friend from my CRHP retreat group asking if I wanted to go to the movies. Wow! Cool. I’ve been wanting to go to the movies, but hate going alone. We went to see “Paul, Apostle of Christ.” I really enjoyed

I stopped at JoAnn Fabrics to pick up a new frosting decorator. I took mine to Chicago and broke it in transit somehow. I also found a cool wooden plaque that has been my motto for most of my life.

I came home, walked the dog again and returned her to Mr. Mike. It had warmed up a little, so I continued my walk.

Wow, it’s almost 9 pm and I haven’t eaten all day. I better finish posting this and make some dinner. Time flies when you are busy.

Sunday Sermon and St. Mary of the Angels

26 Mar

More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.

~Alfred Lord

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This morning, I had the pleasure of attending 8 o’clock Mass at St. Mary of the Angels Church in Chicago. It’s a beautiful church in one of Chicago’s many ethnic neighborhoods. The church bulletin is written in English, Polish, and Spanish, with different Sunday Mass times in each language. I chose English, as my Spanish is poor and my Polish non-existent.

I always light a candle and say a special prayer when I visit another church. When I saw the Blessed Virgin Mary in such anguish, tragically losing her son, I thought of all the pain and suffering that people endure when they lose a loved one. But, like Mary, we continue, we go on, and we can flourish with faith, by the grace of God.

Being Palm Sunday, the Gospel was the reenactment of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem on a donkey, while the crowd cheered and laid palms on the ground. The reenactment continued with the betrayal by Judas, the denial of Peter, the trial, crucifixion, death, and burial in the tomb. A very reverent and solemn Gospel.

My take on it… just like in life, often the road is bumpy and painful. Even if there is injustice and sacrifice, there can be a happy ending. Next Sunday, we celebrate Easter and the Resurrection, the happy ending to this sad story.

It was a lovely Sunday, the sun was shining even though a bit chilly. I was able to spend the weekend with my youngest son. We did a lot of fun things this weekend, but I’ll save that for another day.

Here’s my personal joke for today…

Today is PALM SUNDAY…here is my PALM…

Just kidding… here is my Palm.

Happy Sunday.

Sunday Sermon and a New Friend and a Sunset

12 Mar

“You don’t meet people accidentally. They cross your path for a reason, but it’s up to you to stop and say hello, or keep walking. I always stop and say hello.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Woa! It was a blustery gloomy morning. Then, with Daylight Saving Time, I didn’t even get five hours of sleep. (It didn’t save me any time! What’s the deal?)

I arrived in the St, Gabriel’s parking lot early, and as I crossed the parking lot, a lady rolled down her window and asked, “This is my first time here, could you tell me where the entrance is?” I pointed to the nearby doors then pointed where the parking was. I introduced myself, and her name was Jan.

When I arrived at the door, for my usual greeting spot, I told the others greeting, “There’s a new lady coming in shortly. She’s never been here before. When she gets to the door, why don’t you surprise her and say, Good morning, Jan. Welcome to St. Gabriel’s.” And they did. I was hiding behind the other doors. Jan was so shocked. Hmmm, how did they know her name? Then, I walked over and she laughed.

I escorted her into the sanctuary and asked her if she wanted to sit next to me where I saved my seat. After Mass, I invited her to stop for coffee at McDonald’s. We had such a nice visit, and of course, we are now Facebook friends.

This is my new friend, Jan.

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The Gospel today was the story of Jesus placing mud on the blind man’s eyes and later his sight was restored. The others questioned and didn’t believe, but the blind man praised him and believed.

Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment, so those who do not see might see, and those who do see might become blind.’

My take on it… we are given choices, and we can choose between right and wrong, to have faith or to live only for ourselves. To be selfless or selfish. There will be a final judgement day. Did you see, or were you blind?

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When I got home, I changed and took a well needed nap. I took a nice evening walk. It was still windy and chilly, but the sunset was well worth the challenge.

Look at that! Only God could paint a glorious sky like that.