Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

10 Oct

“A sincere attitude of gratitude is a beatitude for secured altitudes. Appreciate what you have been given and you will be promoted higher.” ― Israelmore Ayivor


Today, I had double the privilege of attending two different church services in Stillwater, OK. The interesting part is that the First Presbytarian Church and St. Francis had the same Gospel reading. This turned out to be good because the 1 pm Mass at St. Francis was celebrated entirely in Spanish.

I already knew the reading because when I called Mom in the morning, she read it to me over the phone. It was the story of Jesus healing the ten lepers, and only one coming back to thank him. He was a Samaritan and a foreigner. So, he was healed and saved for his faith and thankfulness. My take on it…always be thankful for your blessings, but make sure to take time out to tell that person, or to thank God. It means so much to both.
Gospel LK 17:11-19
As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem,

he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.

As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him.

They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying,

“Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!”

And when he saw them, he said,

“Go show yourselves to the priests.”

As they were going they were cleansed. 

And one of them, realizing he had been healed,

returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;

and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. 

He was a Samaritan.

Jesus said in reply,

“Ten were cleansed, were they not?

Where are the other nine? 

Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?”

Then he said to him, “Stand up and go;

your faith has saved you.”


The First Presbytarian Church had a lovely butterfly garden in front. A joyous butterfly greeted me.

San Francisco Xavier Iglesias Católica was beautiful. I think Jim and I were the only ones besides the two priests who spoke English. I was grateful that I understood 90% of the Mass from my crude memory of Spanish. It was lovely. A good day to be thankful, twice as blessed.

I’d like to say a special thank you to all of you reading this right now. THANK YOU! You are greatly appreciated.

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