Sunday Sermon:) So Much “Take A Knee” Controversary

25 Sep

“The only proper reason to take a knee in America should be to kneel to thank God for our many blessings.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Another beautiful McKinney morning. 9 o’clock  Mass was packed. They must have been giving away something free. Oh, wait, they were. There were plenty free smiles, prayers, songs, and love shared for all who entered St. Gabriel’s today.

The Gospel today was Jesus telling the disciples the parable of the land owner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard. He offered them a fair day’s wage, they agreed, and he sent them off to the vineyard. He went back to the marketplace at 9 and found more men in need of work and sent them to work in the vineyard. He did this again at 3 and then at 5. At the end of the day, he told his foreman to call the workers and pay them their wages, starting with the last and ending with the first. All were given one full day’s wages as agreed upon, but the last group who had worked since dawn was upset because they felt they deserved more. The landowner said that he was not cheating them, as they had agreed to the wage and it was his money and was free to be generous to anyone he chose. “Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

My take on it… and this is very symbolic to all the controversy that’s going on lately, when we have been given so much, and so many blessings, we should be respectful and honor our benefactor, and not be envious of those who have more wealth or power or earthly treasures. 

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Now, I very rarely even turn on the tv these days, and I sure as heck don’t watch sports or football. Every now and then, I’ll see what Notre Dame is doing because my son Joe loves his Alma Mater, and it gives us something to talk about on Sunday.

But today, Facebook was flooded with all this “take a knee” controversy. I didn’t get it? I didn’t know anything about it. Why would anyone refuse to honor the national anthem or the American flag? I know we have freedom of speech, but the key word here is “freedom.” How did we get that freedom? A lot of men and women sacrificed to give us that freedom. Many countries still do not have this freedom today.

It’s kind of like the parable above. The early workers grumbled and disrespected the landowner, complaining instead of being grateful for his generosity.

I don’t think taking a knee during the national anthem is taking a stand against anything. It’s disrespectful. If you want to take a stand, go out there and help change the injustice. Volunteer your time and money to help your fellow Americans. Run for political office instead of onto a field,or a court. When you disrespect our flag, you disrespect our country and all the people who sacrificed so we could stand and honor it. You have freedom of speech…put your money where your mouth is. 

So, if you are a visitor from another country, a sports fan, a coach or a player, if you are at a sporting event and they play the national anthem, it’s a tradition. Stand up and honor the flag. IT’S CALLED RESPECT. 

And guess what? That’s my opinion and my right to freedom of speech. 



One Response to “Sunday Sermon:) So Much “Take A Knee” Controversary”

  1. Jolene Kappes September 25, 2017 at 5:53 pm #

    Taking a knee is not an act of disrespect. Taking a knee is an act of protest against how our country’s cherished ideals of equality are being trampled while hatred is exploited for political and economic gain.

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