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Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

25 Jan

“Into each life some rain must fall.” (But, Henry… enough is enough,)

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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I’m usually pretty patient, but I’ve had about enough rain to last me till…. well, until summer, when it’s 100° and dry as a tumbleweed in Texas.

I’d start building the ARK, but it’s too rainy to go out to Home Depot to get all the lumber, not to mention looking for the animals two-by-two. So, I just stayed in the house most of the day, except for a few short walks with the dog in the park across the street.

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This morning I watched Mass on TV, it was dry and warm. Life is good.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus preaching in Galilee and finding a few of his apostles…

14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel.” 16And passing along by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. 17And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zeb’edee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20And immediately he called them; and they left their father Zeb’edee in the boat with the hired servants, and followed him.

My take on it…When you get the call, you get the call! Drop what you’re doing and follow.

The highlight of my evening… a FaceTime call with my little grand-babies.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon, Sunset and Other Stuff

18 Jan

“I will do today that which is of today and pay no heed to the tomorrow; nor waste regrets on that which was yesterday.”

~Walter Russell

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Today’s Gospel was the story of how Simon Peter received his name from Jesus, the Rock. Peter would later become the Rock which Christianity was founded upon.

“The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother and say to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ — which means the Christ- and he took Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John; you are to be called Cephas’ — which means Rock.”

My take on it… Peter was chosen to lead the church and was given a new name and challenge, Sometimes you are chosen to step up. From the slightest calling to the most important ministry, heed the call.

The rest of my Sunday was calm and quiet. But, there’s always room for an evening walk and a beautiful sunset.

Another awesome painting in the sky… “This is the day the Lord has made..”
I am gonna keep practicing, too.

Sunday Sermon and the Ghosts of Birthdays Past

11 Jan

“Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed. “

Charles Schulz

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Well, it was a cold dark morning and they were calling for snow storms. There was about ten minutes of fluffy flakes and that’s it. I’m not disappointed. I watched Mass in my pajamas.

I was a happy girl. Today’s my birthday. I’m happy to be one year older, still healthy, alive and AMAZING.

Today’s sermon was short and sweet. Jesus was being baptized and God acknowledged His son.

My take on it… I know how it is to have a beloved son, except I have two. Lucky me.

7And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” 9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove; 11and a voice came from heaven, “Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased.”

A lot of phone calls, FaceTime and birthday wishes from friends and family. I am truly blessed.

My friend Helene made me this awesome enchilada dinner and I have enough for a couple more days.

Lynne stopped by and left a beautiful gift at my door with a fantastic piece of artwork made jus pt for me with a secret message.

Thank you Lynne,

Ghosts of Birthdays past…

Happy birthday to me! ❤️

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

4 Jan

“The magi, as you know, were wise men—wonderfully wise men—who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents.”

~The Gift of the Magi, O. Henry

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A beautiful Texas morning on this first Sunday of the New Year. A new year, a new start, an old tradition of watching Mass in my pajamas.

Today’s Gospel on this Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord is the story of the Magi following the star to Bethlehem to bring gifts to the newborn king…

”When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy; 11and going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.”

My take on it… even though these kings expected to pay homage to the king of kings, they found a humble family and the infant in a manger. Yet, they knew they had found the true king and offered their gifts. A wonderful tradition of giving gifts at Christmas.

I always joke and call it the Feast of the Three Wise Guys. And they had names… I always remembered Melchior and Balthazar, but forgot the third Wise Guy, so I’d say…Leroy. Now, I’ll remember, Caspar the friendly ghost.

Later tellings of the story identified the magi by name and identified their lands of origin: Melchior hailed from Persia, Gaspar (also called “Caspar” or “Jaspar”) from India, and Balthazar from Arabia.Dec 24, 2018

National Geographic

I did manage to work on my New Year’s to-do list. More organizing of my many containers and to-go boxes.

Before
After…
I know, I know…why do I need all these containers? I give a lot of food and baked goods away, and these containers are not expected to be returned. The styrofoam containers can be cut up and used for printmaking projects. Plus, I feel good about recycling and repurposing, not being so wasteful.

You know what? If I was around back then in Bethlehem, I probably would have brought Mary and Joseph some brownies in a recycled container, and painted a little plaque with blue flowers saying… JESUS, with a hand-painted birthday card.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon, Family, and Some Other Stuff

28 Dec

“There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human, are created, strengthened and maintained.”

Winston Churchill

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Another beautiful Sunday morning, walking the dog, enjoying the clear blue sky, and thanking God for my many blessings.

Christmas is over, but let’s pray that the Christmas spirit will continue and usher in the New Year with hope, kindness, and love.

Today’s Gospel, on the Feast of the Holy Family, was about Mary and Joseph taking Jesus to Jerusalem to be purified and making sacrifice according to the law. Simeon, who,was promised that he would not die until he saw the Lord. was at the temple.

Prompted by the Spirit he came to the Temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the Lawrequired,

28 he took him into his arms and blessed God; and he said:

29 Now, Master, you are letting your servant go in peace as you promised;

30 for my eyes have seen the salvation

31 which you have made ready in the sight of the nations;

32 a light of revelation for the gentiles and glory for your people Israel.

My take on it… the Holy Family followed the mandates and laws of the time. They didn’t question tradition or rules even though they knew that their son Jesus was the Savior. The sanctity of the family is the most important thing in the world. We sure could use more of that spirit.

Our current times have seen a diminished sanctity of Family, marriage, and values in general. We have become a society of selfishness and immediate gratification. At the first sign of trouble or a bump in the road, people call it quits. Thank goodness it’s not ALL people, but the divorce rate speaks volumes. And surprisingly, it’s lower than in previous years. Unfortunately, I think it’s because fewer people are committing and not even getting married. Sad… (Especially when you are part of the statistics😔)

What is the Current Divorce Rate? Today, some 39 percent of marriages in the United States are ending in divorce. This data comes from the most recent census data, and there are a number of reasons that couples are deciding to call it quits.Feb 21, 2020 (SMU Daily Campus)

“If you want to bring happiness to the whole world, go home and love your family. The problem with our world is that we draw the circle of family too small. There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing.”

~ Mother Teresa

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Good advice, Mother Teresa. Love your family, friends, neighbors and all people, and keep them close to your heart.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

21 Dec

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Sunday is the golden clasp that binds together the volume of the week.”

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It was a beautiful Sunday morning. I was walking the dog and couldn’t help but notice how perfectly crystal clear the bright blue sky was. I had to stop in awe of its majesty.

Another morning of watching Mass on TV. Today’s Gospel was the story of the Angel Gabriel appearing to the Virgin Mary to tell her that she would soon become the mother of God and Savior. After a few questions and lengthy conversation with the Angel, she said that she would obey the will of God.

Mary said, ‘You see before you the Lord’s servant, let it happen to me as you have said.’ And the angel left her.

My take on it… people are often called to do things that they think are not humanly possible. It’s Ok to question and worry, but sometimes they need to have faith and carry on as best they can, “Thy will be done…” Easier said than done, right?

It turned out to be sunny and beautiful all day. I love Sundays. I had an AMAZING day. You know why? Yep, you guessed it… because I AM AMAZING! 🤦‍♀️

I walked the dog 4 or 5 times. She loves to walk and I love walking on such a fine day.

Here’s another blast from the past ELVIS ON THE SHELVIS. (That’s my Grand-dog Elvis.)

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

14 Dec

“You can’t escape the thoughts on a rainy day: In the spirit of the gloom there is a talisman that keeps people from having fun and invites them to the world of thoughts!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

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I usually don’t complain about a gloomy, dreary and rainy day, but I will anyway …YUK! Today was cold, damp, and murky all day. Ah, but I was safe and toasty warm inside my beautiful house, no where I had to go, nothing I had to do. (I didn’t even get out for an evening walk. But, there was NO sunset to be seen anywho.”) Life is good.

Another Sunday watching Mass in my pajamas with a cup of hot tea and a cookie.

I watched the Bishop’s Mass at 11 and later, the evening Mass On Facebook at my St. Gabriel. I needed a double dose of Catholic connection on this dreary day.

Today’s Gospel was the story of John the Baptist explaining to the priests and Levites who he was, just preparing the way for the Lord.
“Who are you, so we can give an answer to those who sent us?
What do you have to say for yourself?”
He said:
“I am the voice of one crying out in the desert,
‘make straight the way of the Lord,’”
as Isaiah the prophet said.”
Some Pharisees were also sent.
They asked him,
“Why then do you baptize
if you are not the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet?”
John answered them,
“I baptize with water;
but there is one among you whom you do not recognize,
the one who is coming after me,
whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie.”
This happened in Bethany across the Jordan,
where John was baptizing.

*************************My take on it… Didn’t we just have this same Gospel the other day? John the Baptist was just the guy paving the way for Jesus, making sure everyone was ready. He didn’t want any special credit, recognition or treatment. We should all be ready and prepared, not seeking fame or fortune. Just be ready as we never know when it will be our last day.

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The rest of my day was cozy, with pleasant thoughts and music to keep me warm. Hot tea and yummy cookies always brightens a day. I love my Sundays. Actually, I love every day that ends in DAY.

I got to FaceTime with my little angels. They were running around and excited, showing me their new house and their new rooms.

Now, for another throwback photo of Elvis on the Shelvis…

Sunday Sermon and Elvis on the Shelvis

7 Dec

“The best view comes after the hardest climb.”

~Unknown

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Another lazy Sunday morning watching Mass in my pajamas. Today’s Gospel from Mark was the story of how John the Baptist was destined to prepare the way for the Lord, preaching and baptizing people in the river Jordan…

“After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

My take on it… Just like John the Baptist, we are called to prepare ourselves and be ready for when the Lord comes on the final day. You may or not believe the ancient teachings and prophecies, but isn’t better to live a kind and good life just for yourself and the sake of others, than to lead a bad and selfish life for the earthly rewards and pleasures?

Cool clear skies for a beautiful evening.

Now, for today’s Elvis on the Shelvis.

Elvis is checking out the Shelvis in my craft room. He’s impressed.

Happy Sunday my friends.

Sunday Sermon, Sunset, and Some Other Stuff

30 Nov

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Benjamin Franklin

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A cold and gloomy Sunday, but I’m nice and toasty, safe and warm inside. (Both home and heart.)

Another Sunday morning watching Mass in my pajamas. I’m getting spoiled.

Today’s Gospel…

Gospel

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be watchful! Be alert!
You do not know when the time will come.
It is like a man traveling abroad.
He leaves home and places his servants in charge,
each with his own work,
and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.
Watch, therefore;
you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming,
whether in the evening, or at midnight,
or at cockcrow, or in the morning.
May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.
What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’”

My take on it… We never know when it’s our last day. Enjoy your life, savor every day, be your best, be kind, be generous, “be watchful.”

This evening, I bundled up and went out for my evening walk. The sky was spectacular and the clouds followed me as I walked. Each lap around the pond changed my perspective. It was beautiful.

Then, my Sunday FaceTime with the grand daughters. Always a highlight.

A beautiful blessed Sunday. I hope your day was just as special.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon, Social Security Scam, and Some Adorable Granddaughters

23 Nov

“Just when I thought I could trust Google to give me an accurate weather report, she goes and changes my mind. Never trust a machine.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Every morning when I wake up, I say, “OK Google, what’s the temperature.” My Google assistant always replies politely. Today, I asked her, “OK Google, is it going to rain today?” It was pretty cloudy out, but she replied, “The chance of rain today is very unlikely with only a 10% chance.” So, I put on my jacket, because she told me earlier it was 58°, I put the leash on the dog, and off we went for our morning walk. We got about two blocks away when it started to pour rain. We scurried home, and while I dried my wet hair with a towel, I asked Google, “OK Google, is it supposed to rain today.” She replied, “There is a moderate chance of rain this morning.” It was only 10 minutes earlier that she said unlikely. I won’t tell you what I said to her. Can’t even trust Google.

I dried off, made my tea and got my cracker ready for Mass on TV. (I get my tea and cracker blessed virtually on Sunday.)

Today’s Gospel was the very familiar story from Matthew saying when the Son of Man comes with His angels on the last day, all will be sorted out and placed either on His right or left. On the right will be those who will be rewarded with the kingdom of heaven…

“35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you made me welcome,

36 lacking clothes and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me.”

37 Then the upright will say to him in reply, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?

38 When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome, lacking clothes and clothe you?

39 When did we find you sick or in prison and go to see you?”

40 And the King will answer, “In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.”

Those placed on His left will be those who neglected to feed the hungry, give drink, clothing, mercy and kindness to strangers. “”They will go away to eternal punishment.”

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My take on it… It’s pretty obvious that the kindness we show to others, especially strangers and those in need will be rewarded. Personally, I think most kind and generous people do these things, not for the promise of heaven or a reward, but rather for the wonderful feeling you get when you help another human being and make them smile.

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Now, for the Social Security Scam. I received a text message from a very official looking Social Security alert, saying I have a new message. Click here and log in. It had the secure and the .gov words, but I didn’t trust it right off the bat. I Googled the phone number and found dozens of other reports of a scam from this same number. SO! LOOK OUT FOLKS!!!!

Here’s what I found on Google.

Yikes! Crazy, right? You don’t know who or what to trust anymore.

I ended my day with a nice FaceTime visit with granddaughters. I sure miss them like crazy, and I won’t get to see them this Christmas. 😔 Technology does have some saving graces.

And look, they take after Grandma and like to sing karaoke.

This was a great song. NJJVGHJYG NGCHMMM MKJGBBFGB. And she chewed on the top a few times for more crunchy sound effects.

Happy Sunday, my friends.