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Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

23 May

“Peace begins with a smile.”~Mother Teresa

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A beautiful Sunday morning. Yesterday’s warm muggy day ended with a cold front coming in. This morning was cool and crisp and lovely. I arrived at church early enough to chat with a few friends, light my candle, and greet the folks from the Chateau bus. Mr. Mike was dropped off in his wheel chair, so I asked him if he’d like a push, and he was delighted. I said, “Hang on!” Then, I scurried down the long hallway and parked him by the back pews. I patted his shoulders and he gave me a big smile, and asked my name. That’s what PEACE is all about, my friends.

Today’s Gospel reading was about Jesus telling his disciples to keep His word and how He leaves us with His peace.

Gospel

Jn 14:23-29

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
Whoever does not love me does not keep my words;
yet the word you hear is not mine
but that of the Father who sent me.

“I have told you this while I am with you.
The Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything
and remind you of all that I told you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me tell you,
‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’
If you loved me,
you would rejoice that I am going to the Father;
for the Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you this before it happens,
so that when it happens you may believe.”

My take on it….Jesus wants us to feel peace and not feel troubled, and all who follow His word will be granted this peace. There is an inner peace when your heart and soul believe in the Lord.

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After Mass, Helene, Ashleigh, and I stopped for coffee at McD. Then, I stopped for a quick stop at the store. Bananas on sale, 29c a pound, can’t beat that.

I went for a nice evening walk. It was great to wear a fleece jacket again. It was cloudy and cool and just lovely. I whistled to the birds in the trees, and enjoyed the view.

It was a lovely lazy Sunday.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

15 May


“Love each other dearly always. There is scarcely anything else in the world but that: to love one another.”
― Victor Hugo

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Wow! What a beautiful sunny Sunday. As I scurried out the door for Mass this morning, my little neighbor cat was sitting in the middle of my driveway and wouldn’t even budge an inch when I started to back up. I had to get out of my car and shoo him away. I think he was hoping I’d stop and scratch his belly and behind, as I usually do when I see him, but I wanted to get to church early. He eventually moved, but still sat at the end of my driveway as I carefully maneuvered around him. 🤦‍♀️

Miss Toni, don’t go! Meow, meow…

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus telling the disciples that He wouldn’t be around much longer, and was giving them one more commandment… “to love one another.”

Gospel

Jn 13:31-33a, 34-35

When Judas had left them, Jesus said,
“Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
If God is glorified in him,
God will also glorify him in himself,
and God will glorify him at once.
My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.
I give you a new commandment: love one another.
As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.
This is how all will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another.”

My take on it… I know Moses came down with that heavy tablet with the Ten Commandments inscribed in stone. Personally, I think an abridged version would have sufficed and been less heavy and fewer words. (If I had my way.) The Two Commandments: 1. Love God 2. Love one another. Number 2 would cover all those other 9 Commandments. If you loved one another you wouldn’t lie, cheat, steal, covet, kill and all that other bad stuff mentioned in 2-10. If you loved one another, that would be covered. Just my take on it. But, who am I to edit God’s tablet? 🤦‍♀️

After Mass, Helene and I went to McD for our ritual hot chocolate. The manager, Miss Kelsey, always greets us with a smile and says, “Two hot chocolates coming up.” She knows her regular customers and always takes time out to chat with us. Today, I was telling her that Helene and I were talking about how friendly and polite the entire staff is and that is only a result of a sweet manager. She was honored. I asked if we could take a photo together.

Miss Kelsey smiled and said, if we liked, we could call the number on our receipt and mention her store number to the customer service rep. I did that when I got home. The guy on the phone took my info and I said that Miss Kelsey and her staff go way out of their way to be friendly and that is the reason we stop in every Sunday. He said that it was great to hear and he’d make sure the info was passed on. I think that more people should report awesome service instead of only complaining about bad service. Fast food is a tough business.

It’s funny, sometimes when I’m leaving a restaurant, I’ll ask to speak to the manager, and the man comes out ready to get an earful of complaints. Then I say, “I just want to let you know that our server…(name) was just awesome, and I wanted to let you know.” I always get a relieved smile and a thank you.

As Jesus said, “Love one another.” Sounds like Wise advice.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff:) Happy Mother’s Day

8 May

“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”

Abraham Lincoln

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Another beautiful Sunday, and to make it even more beautiful, it is also Mother’s Day. I have been blessed with two wonderful sons, but also I was blessed with an Angel Mother, who guides me from heaven now.

Father Don gave all the mother’s a special blessing.

I drove into the parking lot at church just as I saw the Chateau bus driving in. I ran like the wind, well, actually like a slow gust in a dust bowl, through the parking lot to the back doors to greet the ladies. I had a little gift and a hug for them on this beautiful Mother’s Day. I made it just in time. I’m not fast. I took a short cut. The smiles were priceless.

Today’s Gospel was short and sweet… Jesus is the shepherd that recognize His voice and follow Him.

Jn 10:27-30

Jesus said:
“My sheep hear my voice;
I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.
No one can take them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,
and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand.
The Father and I are one.”

My take on it… Jesus is the shepherd who tends His flock. Once you know His voice, you will follow and be protected and loved forever. It’s kind of fitting also on Mother’s Day. Children recognize their mother’s voice at birth, and they are guided and nurtured, protected and loved forever. (Well, in most cases. Just speaking from personal experience.)

After Mass, Jerry and Patricia joined me and Helene at McD for coffee and breakfast. Mr.Jerry was kind enough to treat all of us lovely ladies today. Very sweet. Thank you Jerry.

I didn’t need anything from the store, so I came right home after McD. I missed a FaceTime call this morning from the grandkids. But, I know they’ll call later. I received a sweet message from my youngest in California this morning before church. 6 am, his time. So this has been a great day already.

Happy Mother’s Day to one and all.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

2 May

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Another beautiful Sunday. Mass was lovely. We had another baptism and at the end of Mass, we celebrated May birthdays and anniversaries. People stand and receive a special blessings. It’s always sweet to see the couples who are celebrating over 50, even 60 years of marriage.

Ezeckiel James was welcomed to the Catholic Faith. 🙏

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus appearing to some of disciples who were out fishing. They caught nothing, but when the man on the shore said to cast the nets on the right. They caught many fish, then realized the man was Jesus. They had faith and became fisher of men.

At that time, Jesus revealed himself to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias.
He revealed himself in this way.
Together were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus,
Nathanael from Cana in Galilee,
Zebedee’s sons, and two others of his disciples.
Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”
They said to him, “We also will come with you.”
So they went out and got into the boat,
but that night they caught nothing.
When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore;
but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
Jesus said to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?”
They answered him, “No.”
So he said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat
and you will find something.”
So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in
because of the number of fish.
So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.”
When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord,
he tucked in his garment, for he was lightly clad,
and jumped into the sea.
The other disciples came in the boat,
for they were not far from shore, only about a hundred yards,
dragging the net with the fish.
When they climbed out on shore,
they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it and bread.
Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.”
So Simon Peter went over and dragged the net ashore
full of one hundred fifty-three large fish.
Even though there were so many, the net was not torn.
Jesus said to them, “Come, have breakfast.”
And none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?”
because they realized it was the Lord.
Jesus came over and took the bread and gave it to them,
and in like manner the fish.
This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to his disciples
after being raised from the dead.

My take on it…. faith in the Lord and yourself will get you through the tough times.

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After Mass, Helene and I stopped at McD for our ritual hot chocolate. I stopped at Tom Thumb for a few minutes. Then, a quick stop over to Station 5 to drop off some of my famous lemon cupcakes and pick up my empty container from the Easter cupcakes.

Always appreciated.

When I was at McD, I received a phone call from an unfamiliar number. Usually I don’t answer, but I took a chance. It turned out it was Walmart photo saying my pictures were ready.

Well, I was anxious to see my photos, so I opened the envelope right there. Of course, I had to show off my photos of my grandaughters and my artwork. Miss Samantha and I started chatting. She said she has been working at Walmart for 15 years and was get her college degree in business administration with assistance from Walmart. Mr. Lin was showing me photos of his grandchildren. They both were most charming.

It was a very nice Sunday. Life is good. Happy Sunday.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

24 Apr


“Religion is a culture of faith; science is a culture of doubt.”
― Richard P. Feynman

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Another beautiful Sunday. Well, the skies were gloomy and grey, it was windy, and don’t even get me started about the humidity. My hair and humidity don’t cooperate. But, besides that, it was a beautiful Sunday. 🤦‍♀️

We had a lovely baptism this morning. Adorable Matthew Scott didn’t even make one whimper or cry the entire Mass of over an hour. Such a cutie. Welcome Matthew!

Today’s Gospel was the well know “Doubting Thomas” story…

Gospel

Jn 20:19-31

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.”

Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
But he said to them,
“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
and put my finger into the nailmarks
and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

Now a week later his disciples were again inside
and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
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.”

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples
that are not written in this book.
But these are written that you may come to believe
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,
and that through this belief you may have life in his name.

My take on it… just like Thomas, often times we don’t believe things unless we see them with our own eyes. “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” Not one of us here on this earth right now have seen Jesus, yet many believe. As Christians, as Catholics, as people of faith, we are asked to believe in a higher power that we have never seen. Faith is just that… believing in something we cannot see.

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After Mass, Helene and I stopped for our hot chocolate and a chat. We ran into a few other after church goers and our new friend Avi.

After that, I stopped at Tom Thumb to pick up a few things. When I checked out at Miss Suzy’s lane, I asked her if when she pulled out my receipt, if she could pull a little extra register tape. They have a McD coupon on the back for a buy one get one free that Helene and I use for hot chocolate. I got four new coupons to use later. That’s four Sundays to save $3.59. It adds up, ya know!

Well, I heard some thunder out there. I have a feeling the storm is on the way. Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Easter Celebration

18 Apr

“We proclaim the resurrection of Christ when his light illuminates the dark moments of our existence.”

~Pope Francis

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A beautiful Easter Sunday morning. The 6:30 alarm found a dark morning sky. We all knew that 8:30 Mass would be crowded, so my plan was to leave by 7:30. I still wanted to put the Peeps on top of a few cupcakes for more Easter Sharing after Mass.

Unfortunately, my early Mass with Father Barth was not video taped, so this is the 11 am Mass photos with Father Don.

Today’s Gospel was about finding the tomb empty… He has Risen.

Gospel

Jn 20:1-9

On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.”
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter
and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered his head,
not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple also went in,
the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
and he saw and believed.
For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead.

A glorious Gospel for a glorious day. The Easter service was filled with song and celebration after the long forty days of quiet solemnity.

After Mass, even the overflowing parking lots were dispersed seamlessly with the help of many volunteers and the McKinney PD officers directing traffic.

Helene and I stopped for our usual after church hot chocolate at McD. The place was empty except for a young father with his little daughter. I waved at the little girl and she said “Hi.” Her father said it was her birthday today. I had brought my bag of containers with cupcakes inside with me so they wouldn’t stay in the warm car. Helene and I went over and gave the little girl and her dad a cupcake and sang Happy Birthday. Dad and daughter were so appreciative of the kindness of strangers,
Cute!

Later, a familiar face that we see every Sunday came in with his book and ordered his same coffee. He smiled and said “Happy Easter.”

After all these many months of seeing a familiar face, we made our formal introductions. Happy Easter, Avi. See you next Sunday.

Then, guess who else popped in. Miss Susie from Tom Thumb was on her lunch break.

Ooh! More cupcakes. She thought they were just too cute. I gave Helene a couple of small containers of cupcakes to take home and share with her friends.

Then, on my way home, a stop at Fire Station 5, my old station.

Happy Easter Station 5.

When I got home, I texted Miss Kathy to see if she was home for a couple of cupcakes. She said she wasn’t home yet, but I have my key. So I put a couple cupcakes in her fridge.

Tim and family across the street were home.
Just sharing and caring with my “Peeps.”

It was a busy day of church, friends and many cupcakes. I went for my evening walk and enjoyed the sunny warm evening. The best part was a FaceTime call from the kids. It’s always great to see the granddaughters and hear about their adventures.

They went to the zoo today. It was pretty cold there. I was out walking with a t-shirt on.

A beautiful Easter Sunday from early morning till the end of day.

Happy Easter, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and National Sibling Day

10 Apr

“It’s always been easy to tell me apart from my two older sister. I’m the cutest, smartest, and most amazing one with the curly hair. Just sayin’!”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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A beautiful sunny Sunday morning. Except for the gale force winds, it’s been a nice day. You know when the wind is strong enough to almost knock me over, it’s pretty strong.

This morning, we had a beautiful Palm Sunday service at St. Gabriel. We didn’t all prOdessa outside and come back in again like we used to at the old church, as that would have taken forever. We have a huge congregation at each Mass. But, we did have blessing of the palms and all reading the script of Palm Sunday and the betrayal of Jesus. It’s funny, I’ll read along with all the parts of the crowd, but when it comes time to say, “Crucify Him, Crucify Him,” I just can’t say those words. 🤦‍♀️

Today’s Gospel reading was the Passion of Christ according to Luke. It’s 7 pages long. Here’s a Link if you’re so inclined. Basically, Jesus is betrayed by Judas, Peter denies Him three times, the trials, and crucifixion. Sad memories.

Click to access Passion-Luke-Cycle-C.pdf

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After Mass, Helene and I stopped at McD and then over to Tom Thumb, per our traditional Sunday adventures. Merry was going to go to brunch at his daughter’s house, so he didn’t join us. I informed him that Helene and I were free for brunch, so what time should we be there. 🤦‍♀️ Thank goodness he knows I’m kidding… or am I?

On my way home, I decided to treat myself to lunch at Whataburger… it’s a Texas thang. I had a coupon for a free patty melt when you by fries and a drink. Today was the last day. Can’t pass that up.

I took my palms in with me. I figured I’d watch a YouTube video on how to make a cross with the palms while I was there. I have to look it up every year. 🤦‍♀️ I gave up trying after a few attempts and ate my lunch, determined to figure it out later. I haven’t had a patty melt in ages. Unbeknownst to me, it was a double, and it’s still lingering like a bowling ball in my belly 5 hours later. 🤦‍♀️ But, it was good. I have Pepto around here somewhere.

A man with his family walked in wearing a Bears T-shirt. I said, “Nice shirt! I’m from Chicago.” He explained that his grandson was on a little league team called the Bears here in McKinney. The couple across from me starting chiming in the conversation. Turns out, they were from Chicago too. We talked a while across the room while we nibbled on our fries. “Where abouts? Where are you now? Things sure have changed a lot around here.” Nice folks.

When I came home, I put away my groceries. Pineapples were on sale 99cents, limit two. Got to! Oh, tortillas 49cents, got to two too. After a call from my sister, some Facebook catching up, I looked up an easier YouTube video on making a cross with palms. Oh… now I remember. (Until next year! 🤦‍♀️)


https://youtu.be/EiOXGxaGbUA

Well, some of my palms were long and doubled, so I split them and made as many crosses as I could. In the video, the lady said to make sure you press them under some heavy books for a while. I’ll have to do that. Good job, Miss Toni.

Happy Sunday, my friends!

Oh, now for National Siblings day! As my quote above says, I’m the cute, smart, amazing girl with curly hair. 🤦‍♀️

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

4 Apr

“Beautiful days are made for trimming bushes, moving mulch, and sprucing up the yard. You forget you’re working when the weather is lovely.”

-Me

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An absolutely gorgeous day today. Morning Mass was inspiring.

It’s getting late, I had a busy day, and I’m tired, so I’ll give you the quick version.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. He didn’t go right away when His friend’s family begged Him to come, as Lazarus was very sick. He didn’t arrive till he was dead four days. But, Jesus wept, was very sad, and told them to remove the stone from the cave where Lazarus was entombed. Jesus told him to come out, and he did. Miracle!

My take on it… I guess it’s never too late for a miracle.

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After Mass, Jerry and I stopped for coffee. Helene was under the weather.

I ran a few errands afterwards, then came home, had some lunch, then went outside to work in the front yard. It was so beautiful out. I thought, I could go for a nice walk around the pond, or actually get some work done around the house. I did some weeding, raking, trimming bushes, fixed one of my leaking drip line sprinklers, dug out my knockout rose bush 🤦‍♀️, swept out the garage, and talked to Miss Kathy across the street. Her cats like to come and help me when I’m outside working. I got in over 6,000 steps without even going out for a walk.

The granddaughters called to FaceTime. Here’s a photo from a few days ago. They’re so cute!

Later, we had a family TAAFA zoom meeting for my mother’s foundation that my sister Jo Ann started. After that, my son Matt called from California so we could do my taxes after the meeting. Actually, he does my taxes while we are on the phone together. Less than half an hour and they were done and filed. Not only does he do my taxes for free, but he also pays for my TurboTax fee out of his own pocket. $$. I bet your tax guy doesn’t do that. I am blessed.

It was a long beautiful and busy day. I’m exhausted, but in a good happy way.

Happy Sunday almost Monday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

28 Mar

“Don’t let a little mud in your eyes prevent you from seeing. Sometimes it’s a good thing. Miracles do happen.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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An amazing beautiful perfect Sunday. The weather was just perfect. A perfect day to head over to church and celebrate the Mass and celebrate life.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus curing the blind man…


Jesus healing the Blind Man, 2008 © Brian Jekel

Jesus healing the Blind Man, 2008 © Brian Jekel

Gospel of 22nd March 2020 – John 9:1,6-9,13-17,34-38

As Jesus went along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. He spat on the ground, made a paste with the spittle, put this over the eyes of the blind man, and said to him, ‘Go and wash in the Pool of Siloam’ (a name that means ‘sent’). So the blind man went off and washed himself, and came away with his sight restored.

His neighbours and people who earlier had seen him begging said, ‘Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?’ Some said, ‘Yes, it is the same one.’ Others said, ‘No, he only looks like him.’ The man himself said, ‘I am the man.’

They brought the man who had been blind to the Pharisees. It had been a sabbath day when Jesus made the paste and opened the man’s eyes, so when the Pharisees asked him how he had come to see, he said, ‘He put a paste on my eyes, and I washed, and I can see.’ Then some of the Pharisees said, ‘This man cannot be from God: he does not keep the sabbath.’ Others said, ‘How could a sinner produce signs like this?’ And there was disagreement among them. So they spoke to the blind man again, ‘What have you to say about him yourself, now that he has opened your eyes?’ ‘He is a prophet’ replied the man.

‘Are you trying to teach us,’ they replied ‘and you a sinner through and through, since you were born!’ And they drove him away.

Jesus heard they had driven him away, and when he found him he said to him, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ ‘Sir,’ the man replied ‘tell me who he is so that I may believe in him.’ Jesus said, ‘You are looking at him; he is speaking to you.’ The man said, ‘Lord, I believe’, and worshipped him.

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My take on it… Wow! Even though Jesus performed a miracle and gave sight to a blind man, the Pharisees were on His case about not keeping the Sabbath. So, I guess you can’t perform miracles on the Sabbath? Even though these negative people didn’t believe, the blind man said, “Lord, I believe.” Sometimes it just takes one person at a time to see the light. The nay sayers and negative people will never see because they don’t want to, even when the truth is right there in front of them. Such is life.

So, after Mass, Helene and I stopped at McD for coffee. Our other third musketeer, Jerry, was out of town. After that, I called my old friend Miss Zelda. We’ve been trying to get together for lunch for weeks. Today was a perfect day for outside dining at Palio’s.

Hi, Miss Zelda. Lookin’ good.

After lunch, Miss Zelda asked if I had time to go over to Callaways to check out the flowers and shrubs. Everything was so beautiful, but pretty pricey. Personally, I don’t buy many flowers or plants because I have a black thumb, it green. My standard line is, “I can paint a flower, I just can’t grow a flower.”

Very pretty flowers.
After I got home, I was exhausted for some reason. I took a two hour power nap and decided I better get out for a walk while it was still so lovely out. I’m not sure how many loops around the pond I made, but every time I checked my steps on my phone I thought, “I’ll just walk one more loop. I wanted to get at least 4K steps, then it was 5K, then I stopped checking and after a while, I walked a loop, sat to rest a minute, then walked another. I wanted to push myself. The sun was setting and was just too gorgeous to go back home. Maybe I could make it to 8K.
Who would want to go inside when this was the view?
Well, I outdid myself today. I’m very proud of my tenacity. But, I have a feeling I’ll be looking for the Tylenol before I go to bed. Well, worth it.

Happy Sunday, my friends!

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

20 Mar

“People hear what we say but they see what we do. And seeing is believing.”

~Al Lucia

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A beautiful sunny warm Sunday here. Awesome! 9 o’clock Mass, friends, a lovely way to end the week.

Today’s Gospel was the famous Samaritan woman sitting by the well, then Jesus asks her for some water… It’s a long one, so you can fast forward to the end if you already know the story…

Today’s

JN 4:5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, 
near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
Jacob’s well was there.
Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well.
It was about noon.

A woman of Samaria came to draw water.
Jesus said to her,
“Give me a drink.”
His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.
The Samaritan woman said to him, 
“How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?”
—For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.—
Jesus answered and said to her,
“If you knew the gift of God
and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink, ‘
you would have asked him 
and he would have given you living water.”
The woman said to him, 
“Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the cistern is deep; 
where then can you get this living water?
Are you greater than our father Jacob, 
who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself 
with his children and his flocks?”
Jesus answered and said to her, 
“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; 
but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; 
the water I shall give will become in him
a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
The woman said to him,
“Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty 
or have to keep coming here to draw water.

“I can see that you are a prophet.
Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain; 
but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem.”
Jesus said to her,
“Believe me, woman, the hour is coming
when you will worship the Father 
neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
You people worship what you do not understand; 
we worship what we understand, 
because salvation is from the Jews.
But the hour is coming, and is now here, 
when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth; 
and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him.
God is Spirit, and those who worship him 
must worship in Spirit and truth.”
The woman said to him,
“I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Christ; 
when he comes, he will tell us everything.”
Jesus said to her,
“I am he, the one who is speaking with you.”

Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him.
When the Samaritans came to him,
they invited him to stay with them;
and he stayed there two days.
Many more began to believe in him because of his word,
and they said to the woman,
“We no longer believe because of your word;
for we have heard for ourselves,
and we know that this is truly the savior of the world.

*****My take on it… Jesus didn’t care about the Samaritan woman’s reputation or character. He gives everyone a chance to hear His word. The Samaritans didn’t get along with the Jews, but they listened and learned and began to believe for themselves. Seeing is believing and believing is seeing.

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After church, we stopped at McD for coffee, but this time Helene invited one of our new friends, Ashleigh. And when I was going up to order, I saw my friend Karen in her car, going through the drive-through. I asked her to join us. So we had a nice group of 5. Some didn’t know each other, but we laughed, and joked and had a nice visit.

Helene and I stopped at Tom Thumb for some sales, then home. I had a nice long walk, just under 6K steps today. Always beautiful. Happy Sunday!