Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

29 May

“Do not be afraid; our fate cannot be taken from us; it is a gift.” 

― Dante Alighieri, Inferno

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Today, I went to Mass at St. Francis in Stillwater. I met a very nice lady named Bobby who welcomed me as I entered.  I arrived early so I could light a candle and take a few pictures before everyone arrived. It is a beautiful church with traditional stained glass windows and lovely statues. 


After I lit my candle and said my prayer, I went back to the vestibule to chat with Bobby. She was greeting and handing out the bulletins. I told her how lovely the area was with the Virgin of Guadalupe. She told me that it was painted by one of the parishioners. What an honor and perfect way to share your talent.


I had a small container with a rosary that I gave to Bobby, just as a reminder and keepsake from a new friend from McKinney, Texas. Sweet lady.


The Gospel today was about Jesus before he ascended into heaven, leaving instructions for his disciples.,,

The Ascension of the LordMT 28:16-20

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

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Father had a humorous homily. He talked about having faith in God  and believing in yourself. He told a story about how early in his priesthood, he was assigned to work in several remote parishes in Oklahoma, and how he often wished he could fly a plane. He decided to take flying lessons.

After many hours of study and lessons, he practiced landing with his instructor who said, just aim for the numbers and land. Each time it was bumpy with bouncing and ups and downs. Finally, the owner of the facility noticed his uneasiness and told him to forget the numbers, just look at the end of the runway. Focus on where you want to end up, not where you started. 

Keeping that in mind, the next time he had a lesson and practiced his landings, all of a sudden, each landing was smooth as silk. His instructor said he was ready to solo. Father was nervous and asked, “What if I crash the plane?” His confident instructor replied,”That’s OK Father. We have plenty of insurance.” (The congregation all laughed.)

The moral of the story is, sometimes we don’t feel ready to solo, but if you have faith and faith in yourself, all things are possible. 

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