Sunday Sermon and a Sunset

17 Sep

“Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.” 

― Will Smith


Another beautiful Sunday morning greeting parishioners at St. Gabriel’s. I actually remembered to wear my name tag today, and more and more people are saying, “Good morning, Toni.” I’ve been learning more names and giving out more hugs and handshakes,too. The new church building is coming along.

Today’s Gospel was another story about forgiveness. ( Is somebody up there trying to tell me something?) Peter asked Jesus about forgiveness. 

Gospel MT 18:21-35

“Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive? As many as seven times?”  Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants.”

When the servant who owed a huge amount of money to the king begged for mercy and not to be sold, along with his wife, family and possessions, he begged… “Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.” The king forgave him his debt. Later, that same man came across a fellow servant who owed him a small amount of money, and instead of forgiving the other man’s debt, he had him imprisoned. When the king heard this, he summoned the man and said, “You wicked servant!” And he asked why he couldn’t forgive his fellow servant a small debt after being begged, when he had forgiven his huge debt. The king was angry and had the man tortured.

My take on it…well, first of all, these Gospels lately have been hitting home. I’ve been working on this forgiveness chapter in my life, and I’ll admit, I’m not totally there yet. Here’s my dilemma. In all these verses and Gospel readings, someone is begging for forgiveness. And yes, we are told that God will forgive us anything if we ask Him. But, they ASK! I keep reading quotes and have people telling me that I need forgive,  even when someone doesn’t ask for forgiveness. You do it for yourself. I STILL DON’T GET IT! 

I had this discussion with friends just a few days ago. My philosophy is actions speak louder than words. I don’t have to say the words, “I forgive you,” and I still can go on with my life, without hate or anger, be the best person I can be, and have a good heart. But, unless I am asked to forgive someone or some offense, there’s no point saying the words. If they don’t even think they’ve done anything wrong or have harmed you in any way, there’s no point. It means nothing to them, so it means nothing to me.

If you ask God to forgive you, He will. That’s why He’s God and we’re just human. He knows what’s in your heart. I have asked God for forgiveness and strength, and I believe that has been granted. But, He also will NOT forgive an evil person with an evil heart. They will be punished.  Do you see the point now? You have to sincerely ask? You have to change your ways and change your heart. It’s not a free pass to do what you please.

Okay, now on a brighter note.🎼 After Mass, the Knights of Columbus had free donuts outside at a couple of tables. There was a small donation jar. I walked over, slightly tempted, as I hadn’t eaten since lunch yesterday. But, I’m not a huge donut fan, even chocolate. So, I just put a dollar in the jar and said, “I’m saving the calories. Thanks for all you do.” Then, off I went to Sprouts.

Did I mention I was hungry? Uh oh! Sprouts had dark chocolate covered almonds on sale for ONLY $2.99 a pound. My downfall! That’s insane! I’m insane! I bought many pounds. I’m too embarrassed to tell you how many. I’m glad I passed on the donuts.

But, before you judge me too harshly, I did buy some apples, peaches, green peppers, tomatoes, and blackberries. It looks like a lot, but I like to share with my friend, Miss Eleanor. She can’t get out to the store much.

It’s been a good Sunday. I’m going to post this and go out for a nice long walk. It’s still kinda hot out there, so I may have to stop for a beer if Mr. Larry’s garage is open. 

Here’s my sunset from last night…

5 Responses to “Sunday Sermon and a Sunset”

  1. Jolene Kappes September 18, 2017 at 12:30 am #

    I like to think about the story of the prodigal son when I think about God’s forgiveness. That kid had messed up his life after going to his father and boldly asking for his inheritance upfront so he could leave the old man behind and go out and do what he wanted. As if he’d sneered to his Dad: “you’re not the boss of me.” Then when the kid goes broke and comes dragging himself back, probably smelling like pigs or worse, does the Dad make him squirm? Tell him off? Turn him away? Dad doesn’t even wait for the kid to ASK forgiveness, he doesn’t even wait a few weeks to see if the kid’s change of heart is sincere or a scam. The Dad RUNS to meet this once cocky, greedy young bum! He hugs him, gives him the ring from his finger, plans a HUGE party in his honor! So that is how God forgives each of us. We have received this incredible, precious, no-strings-attached, totally undeserved forgiveness. Yep, the forgiveness just happens, to us all, unasked for. All we need to do is accept. The asking for forgiveness does US good, it is needed for our own well-being, but God doesn’t need to be asked. Because God’s love is unconditional. Always.

    • toniandrukaitis September 20, 2017 at 6:24 pm #

      I’m so glad God is a lot more generous and benevolent than I am.
      I hope all is going well in your world. Hugs!

  2. dancingpalmtrees September 18, 2017 at 7:04 am #

    Thanks. You have given the best explanation of forgiveness. It’s not right to mindlessly say words you don’t mean. Sometimes it’s better to go your separate ways and keep it moving.

    • toniandrukaitis September 20, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

      Thanks. People don’t always agree with my philosophy, but I’m happy with myself and my heart and my soul. That’s all that matters.

      • dancingpalmtrees September 20, 2017 at 7:58 pm #


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