Sunday Sermon:) A Sunrise and a Sunset

3 Sep

“If you want to be reminded of the love of the Lord, just watch the sunrise.” 

― Jeannette Walls

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A lovely warm morning here in McKinney. I’m doggie sitting for Bella, so I was up by 7 to get her fed and out the door for a walk. I don’t always get a chance to take a picture of the sunrise, so today was the perfect opportunity.


Mary and I were greeting at the door of St. Gabriel’s before 9 o’clock Mass, and we kept noticing people looking over at the new construction of the church. One lady said, “The sun looks like it’s casting a beam of light over the new sanctuary.” I guess it looked pretty majestic bathed in the morning sun.


The Gospel, MT 16, for today was about Jesus telling his disciples to “take up his cross, and follow me.”

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? Or what can one give in exchange for his life? For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory, and then he will repay all according to his conduct.”
My take on it… the most important part being that famous quote, “What profit would there be…” what good is it to have all the wealth and riches in the world, if you lose your soul? At the end of your life, you will be judged according to how well you lived, how your loved, and how you treated others. That is how people will remember us and how God will judge us. This is how we take up the cross. This is how we follow the work and the word of Jesus. We aren’t expected to physically give up our lives and die, although many have. It really isn’t a horrible sacrifice. Just be kind, be good, love thy neighbor, and follow the commandments. 

Another fine way to celebrate a beautiful Sunday and a fine Mass, a little baby girl, AliciaFavila, was baptized today, and welcomed by the entire congregation. (Tough picture angle, but you get the idea.)


Now, here is my sunset from last night. It’s only 3 in the afternoon now, so I haven’t taken one for today yet. I try and get a picture just about every evening because each sunset is special and different and glorious. 

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