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Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

3 May

“People are like vines … We are born and we grow. Like vines, people also need a tree to cling to, to give them support.”

Elizabeth Kata

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Another beautiful “AMAZING” Sunday. It’s nice to be back at 9 o’clock Mass and seeing old friends and celebrating the Mass together in person.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus saying,” I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.” The comparison is to vines and branches that cannot exist if cut off from the branch…

5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit in plenty; for cut off from me you can do nothing.6 Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a branch — and withers; these branches are collected and thrown on the fire and are burnt.7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for whatever you please and you will get it.

My take on it… if we remain faithful and true to God’s word, we will flourish. If we abandon our faith, we will be cut off and wither and die. I think that can relate to anyone cut off from the sources of life like water, food, air, etc. Our bodies can’t survive without those sources and our souls cannot survive without the source of our faith, kindness, and love.

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The rest of my day was AMAZING as usual, and a nice evening walk in the warm evening air, followed by a chat on the phone on the park bench with my old friend Debbie. Yah, she’s old, but so am I.

Happy Sunday!

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

26 Apr


“Shepherds lift their heads,
not to gaze at a new light
but to hear angels.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich

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A beautiful Sunday morning, the sun was shining, and I was up early before the alarm at 7. I fed and walked the dog and then got ready for church, hoping to leave by 8:15. AND, I didn’t even show up in my pajamas. I’m getting the hang of this real-life-in person stuff.

Today was Good Shepherd Sunday. This is always a great metaphor.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus comparing himself to the good shepherd who is willing to lay down his life. And, He did just that.

Gospel, John 10:11-18

11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep….

16 And there are other sheep I have that are not of this fold, and I must lead these too. They too will listen to my voice, and there willbe only one flock, one shepherd….

My take on it… well, I really like the part that says “there are other sheep who are not in the fold, and I must lead these too.” Jesus is telling us that He is here to guide us all. Just like a good shepherd would not abandon stray, lost or sickly sheep, even if they weren’t his own. All would be welcome and under His protection. Now, that is a Good Shepherd.

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It was wonderful to see old friends at church that I hadn’t seen in so long. Father Don looked great after having some serious health issues the past few weeks. It was nice to sit and celebrate the Mass with my church family, Jerry, Helene and Bonita. Good to be back.

When I got dressed for church, I put on the ribbon rose flower pin that was my mother’s favorite. It made me feel close to her and it felt like she was there at Mass with me in spirit.

The rest of my day was just amazing, as usual. ❤️

Then, an evening FaceTime with my little granddaughters with their giggling and screaming and tickling one another. Always special.

I took Bella out for several walks in the park, but she REALLY Just wanted to go out back where she knew those baby bunnies were hiding out. We did go out in the back while I threw my dead bush stumps in the garbage. I thought the baby bunnies had all run away, but NO! One didn’t make it through the night, so I built a barrier around him. (I may have to ask someone to dispose of him, too sad,) Then, I heard another familiar squeal of desperation. Bella was chasing another baby bunny. This one hid behind a fence post, and I had to pick the dog up and bring her inside.

Poor frightened baby. And Miss Bella keeps sitting by my back door and pacing, wanting to go out and find the bunnies. I’ve taken her across the street to the park several times, but she keeps pulling me back towards the house. She wants those bunnies!

I’m trying to be a good shepherd of bunnies, but the dog is not cooperating.

Well, it’s after 9pm and I haven’t eaten much today, a brownie and a handful of trail mix. Gettin’ hungry. Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Silver Sneakers

19 Apr

All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking. – Friedrich Nietzsche

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Today, back to watching Mass on TV in my pink polka dot pajamas. Just one of those days.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus appearing to the disciples. They were frightened, but Jesus showed them his wounds and ate food to prove He was truly alive…

44Then he said to them, “These are my words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 45Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things.

My take on it… Jesus proved His resurrection and opened their minds to understand so the disciples could continue preaching and sharing His word. **************

The rest of my Sunday was AMAZING! Just a beautiful cool sunny day. A day to reflect on my blessings and appreciate my friends, family and the world.

It’s always fabulous to FaceTime with my little girls.

I’ve been trying to break in my new silver sneakers. Today, they finally felt comfortable. I was able to walk so much faster.

When I got to this sign, I realized I better slow down so I wouldn’t get pulled over by the police for going faster than 25 M.P.H. (Ha, just kidding. I was probably only going 22 or 24.)

Another fine sunset.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and In Person Live Didn’t Show Up In My Pajamas Morning Mass

12 Apr

“I don’t know about you, but I was so nervous that the first Sunday back to church in person, that I would show up in my pajamas and slippers. Phew! I remembered to get dressed. You’re welcome!”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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A very special Sunday for me. I attended 9 o’clock Mass at St. Gabriel this morning. This is the first time in many months. I’m feeling more confident having had my vaccines for about a month now. It was wonderful to be back. (And… I didn’t show up in my pink polka dot pajamas.)

It was nice to see familiar faces and good friends. I sat with Jerry and Helene, and even though we are still wearing masks and distancing, families sit together, and we are family. (Just not by blood.)

Today’s Gospel was the ever popular story of “Doubting Thomas.” Jesus appeared to the disciples locked in an upper room in fear after the resurrection. Thomas was not there, and when he returned, he did not believe that Jesus appeared, saying that he would need to see and touch the wounds to believe.

A week later, all were in a locked room together and Jesus appeared, again saying, “Peace be with you.” Jesus challenged Thomas to touch the wounds if he needed proof…

“Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

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Ah, that’s a good one. My take on it is pretty much the same as yours. Those who believe without physical proof are blessed. You haven’t seen God, but you still believe. You haven’t seen heaven, but you believe. I believe in Angels and haven’t seen one, but I have felt a presence and guidance. Then, there are those lucky pennies and feathers that appear. Thats the definition of faith.

Ohhhhhh! I was so delighted and amazed that the church had a sensor activated holy water dispenser! Did you ever? I never heard of such a thing. There hadn’t been any water in the front or holy water dispensers for like a year. When we were exited, I noticed people putting their hand beneath this dispenser and it said HOLY WATER. How clever! Who comes up with these things? Must be a miracle! Just kidding, but some clever innovator at work.

It looked just like this. I googled it, as I didn’t want to cause a scene by stopping to take a photo at church in wild amazement and admiration. Cool!

The rest of my Sunday was great. How can you go wrong with church, special friends, communion, holy water, hugs, kisses, and dancing and singing in the kitchen?

Happy Sunday, my friends!

Sunday Sermon, A Sunset and Spectacular Moon

29 Mar

“The moon will guide you through the night with her brightness, but she will always dwell in the darkness, in order to be seen.”
― Shannon L. Alder

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Another wonderful Sunday. The sun was shining and the weather was most pleasant. A fine day to watch Mass on TV this morning.

Today’s Gospel for Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion started with preparations for the Passover, the Last Supper, betrayals, false testimonies, sentencing, crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus.

The Passion readings are always so sad. The cruelty and betrayal of man, yet Jesus suffered quietly, fulfilling His destiny for our salvation. What more can be said? The beginning of the end and the end proclaiming the beginning.

The rest of my Sunday was absolutely lovely with sunshine, warm breezes, cookies and tea. A few walks in the sunshine and strolling by moonlight.

I watched the orange sun sink in the west, and on my walk home, the spectacular moon started to rise behind the tall trees and rows of houses. I walked down the street to a more open area to watch the beautiful full moon rise in the east. I stood in silence, in awe, and just watched for a very long time. Oh, and took a few pictures, of course.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon, Some Bach to Bach Humor, and a Sunset.

22 Mar

“A day spent with dreaming and sunsets and refreshing breezes cannot be bettered.” – Nicholas Sparks

Another beautiful Sunday. Mass on TV.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Andrew and Phillip informing Jesus that people requested to see Him. Jesus then said it was time for the Son of man to be glorified…

28 Father, glorify your name! A voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will again glorify it.’ 29 The crowd standing by, who heard this, said it was a clap of thunder; others said, ‘It was an angel speaking to him.’ 30 Jesus answered, ‘It was not for my sake that this voice came, but for yours.31 ‘Now sentence is being passed on this world; now the prince of this world is to be driven out.32 And when I am lifted up from the earth, I shall draw all people to myself.’33 By these words he indicated the kind of death he would die.

My take on it… Jesus did not ask for glory for himself, but to have the people learn the true way and follow Him. All will be judged and believers will join Him heaven.

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According to Wikipedia, today is the birthday of the great composer Johann Sebastian Bach. (I thought of my old friend Leon Krejci who loves his classical music and painting famous composers.)

Johann Sebastian Bach[a] (31 March [O.S. 21 March] 1685 – 28 July 1750) was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations, and for vocal music such as the St Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach Revival, he has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.[3][4]

A little BACH humor for Leon.

Now, for my lovely sunset photos.

I hope you had a spectacular Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and SO MUCH BETTER TODAY

15 Mar

“Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.” ~Oprah Winfrey

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Before I get to my Sunday Sermon, I just wanted to say thank you for all the well wishes and prayers for my brief yet debilitating second Moderna Vaccine Friday. Today, I’m back and feeling about 99% . Thank you Miss Cheryl for your prayers and communion intentions at Mass today. That was sweet.

Big difference from yesterday, right?

Today’s Gospel from John explains that God gave His Only Son to save mankind…

Gospel, John 3:14-21

16 For this is how God loved the world: he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.17 For God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but so that through him the world might be saved.18 No one who believes in him will be judged; but whoever does not believe is judged already, because that person does not believe in the Name of God’s only Son.19 And the judgement is this: though the light has come into the world people have preferred darkness to the light because their deeds were evil.20 And indeed, everybody who does wrong hates the light and avoids it, to prevent his actions from being shown up;…

My take on it… God sacrificed His son to save us and show us the light of His love. Some choose evil and avoid the light of salvation. To me, it doesn’t mean going to church or pretending to be holy, it means leading a good life, choose the light and good, and show your faith through example.

I hadn’t ventured out the door since Friday, so today when I saw the sun shining and heard the birds chirping, I grabbed my lawn chair and sat smack dab in the middle of the driveway, face turned towards the sun.

Ah! Sunshine!

I’m very thankful for a beautiful day, feeling fine, and my awesome friends and family.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

8 Mar

“Is all anger sin? No, but some of it is. Even God Himself has righteous anger against sin, injustice, rebellion and pettiness.”

Joyce Meyer

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Sunday is always a special day for me. A day to count my blessings and the wonderful people in my life. (You know who you are.) Also, a good day to watch Mass in my pajamas.

Gospel, John 2:13-25

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus going to the Temple in Jerusalem where He found people selling animals and doves, and there were money changers. Jesus was upset, making a whip and chasing out the offenders saying, “Take all this out of here and stop using my Father’s house as a market.”

“During his stay in Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he did, but Jesus knew all people and did not trust himself to them; he never needed evidence about anyone; he could tell what someone had within.”

My take on it… we never think that getting angry is justifiable, but even Jesus got angry on occasion. People tell you, don’t get mad, always forgive, or turn the other cheek. Some things are just not acceptable or forgivable. ( I’ve said this on many occasions.)

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A penny for your thoughts…

I was doing laundry today, and there at the bottom of the washer , I found a lucky penny. Now, you’re probably thinking that this is not so unusual. It may have been in a pocket of a shirt or pants. But, I was washing sheets and pillow cases. Weird, right? How did that penny get in there? Perhaps a sign. Lucky me.

And as always, the highlight of my evening, a little FaceTime with the cutest little faces in the whole wide world.

Lucky Gamma! ❤️❤️

Sunday Sermon and Some Kitty Sitting

1 Mar

“In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.” ~Terry Pritchett

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A rainy gloomy day here in North Texas. More rain, just what we needed, NOT! But, I was blessed with a very warm and cozy and beautiful day. Life is good. I got up early to check on Miss Kathy’s cat and new little kitties. They are so cute and entertaining. Then, I made some tea and time for Mass on TV….

Today’s Gospel on this Transfiguration Sunday was the story of Jesus going up to the mountain with Peter, James and John, where they saw Him transfigured in glowing white. Then Moses and Elijah appeared. They offered to prepare tents for the visitors…

“Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them;
from the cloud came a voice,
“This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”
Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone
but Jesus alone with them.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone,
except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
So they kept the matter to themselves,
questioning what rising from the dead meant.“

My take on it… sometimes we are asked to believe what we cannot see, and other times we see things that we cannot believe. Either way, God used His voice to say, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Jesus spent His time on earth telling us basically two things, LOVE GOD, and LOVE THY NEIGHBOR. Everything else falls under those two categories.

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Now for the kitties. They are so cute. When I first met them, they scampered away and were afraid of me. But, seeing as I was feeding them now, they love Miss Toni, just like old Mo, the older cat. He often comes across the street to visit me and make sure no pesky mice are loitering around my house.

Mealtime. ”OK, you fed us breakfast, you can stay, but don’t forget to clean the litter box.”
Look how cute. “Time for a nap. Come back later when it’s time for dinner, Miss Toni.”

So, thus was my day. Feeling loved, feeling blessed, feeling AMAZING.

Sunday:) Signs From Heaven and a Sermon

22 Feb

Three years ago today, a beautiful memory and miracle worth repeating. I was in Chicago with my family, making arrangement and preparing for the memorial service for my sweet angel mother. This miracle from Mom needs to be shared again.

AS ONLY ANGELS CAN

If you don’t believe in angels

I’m here to say it’s true

There are angels up in heaven

They’re watching over you,

So, I asked my angel mother

I whispered in her ear

When you get up there in heaven

Please show us you are near.

If only you could send a sign

As only angels can

We will know you’re safe in heaven

And that you have a plan.

To watch and guard us every day

You’ll guide us from above

So, you left two lucky pennies

Beneath your painting, signed with love.

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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This is a true story of faith and love and angels. As my sweet mother grew weaker and less alert, my sister and I would talk to her and sing to her. I prayed the rosary out loud to comfort Mom during her final days in hospice. One of the last things I whispered in her ear was, “Please Mom, when you get up to heaven, could you show us a sign that you’re OK, that there really is a heaven? I know if anyone could do it, you could. I know you’ll always be my guardian angel.”

We’ve done a lot of crying since Mom passed away last week, but today, the crying was a celebration. Mom left us a sign. Those of you who know me, you already know that I believe in lucky pennies. They always appear out of nowhere when I need them most. I always look up to heaven and say, “Thank you.”

This afternoon, my sister and I went out for some lunch. We’ve spent days and days sorting and reminiscing and making arrangements and crying, It’s been a whirlwind, so it was good to get out of the house for a little while. My sister said, “Let’s go to the library so I can vote. They have early voting, and we can return Mom’s audio-books.”

Well, early voting hadn’t started yet, so we just returned the books and got a bit teary-eyed, because Mom loved the library and all the people. She had donated her very large “Cinco de Mayo” painting to the library several years ago. It takes up an entire wall on the second floor. When I asked my sister if she needed any books or videos while we were there, she said, “Not really, let’s just go home.” Then I said, “Should we go upstairs and see Mom’s mural before we go?” Of course, we needed to do that.

The elevator opened and we walked ever so slowly towards the mural.

There on the bench, right beneath her painting, were two lucky pennies from heaven. We both burst into tears as I blurted out, “Here’s our sign. I asked Mom to send us a sign. Here it is! Two pennies, not just one. What are the chances that they would be here waiting for us today, right beneath her painting?”

I hadn’t told my sister the story about asking Mom to send us a sign right before she passed away, until that moment. If she didn’t believe in angels before, I’m pretty sure she does now. We both knew Mom was an angel here on earth, but now, we both know that she’s up in heaven. She gave us a sign.

Thanks Mom.

So, for today’s Gospel according to Mark… Jesus was in the dessert for 40 days, tested by Satan. He was with wild beast, attended by angels. After John’s arrest, Jesus appears in Galilee, proclaiming The Good News, the reign of God is at hand.

My take on it… there will always be temptations by Satan, but if we remain faithful and strong, we will be honoring God and the Good News. We will be attended by angels.

I feel fortunate to be guided by angels here on earth, right now. Amen

Happy Sunday, my friends. I hope you believe in Angels too.