Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

15 Jan

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”

Anton Chekhov

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It was a chilly morning here in beautiful McKinney. I was so excited, because it was the perfect opportunity to wear my sock monkey hat as I greeted before 9 o’clock Mass.

I received a lot of compliments, peppered with a few inquisitive grins. Heck, if you can’t have fun and enjoy life and be silly, you might as well stay home and watch tv with a glass of warm milk with dry toast.

Today’s Gospel was the story of John and the disciples, and when Peter was formally given his name.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 1:35-42.

John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.”

The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.

Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?”

He said to them,”Come, and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day…

My take on it…I find it interesting that Jesus never really tells the disciples or followers what to do. He asks them, “What are you looking for?” He doesn’t force people to listen or try to persuade them to follow Him. He shows them through example. Then, they choose to follow of their own free will.

I equate that to good parenting. Parents who teach their children by example are much more effective than those who just make rules and demand obedience. Children, just like the disciples, will respect, love, honor and follow a parent who guides with a good loving example.

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After church, I came home, ate some breakfast, did some housework, and went for a nice long walk. It warmed up enough that I didn’t need my sock monkey hat, but still needed gloves and something for my ears. And low and behold, Mr. Larry and Miss Sandy were sitting in the garage with their dog wolf. Normally Wolf, a beautiful German Shepherd, lays calmly on the cement and just wags his tail. Today, he ran out to the sidewalk to jump up and greet me. He hadn’t seen me in two months and missed me.

Of course, an open garage meant that I was forced against my will to sit and rest and drink a beer. There was a lot to catch up on the latest neighborhood gossip. It was good to be back home and back to walk, cold or not cold outside. It was toasty warm in the garage with the sun shining on my face. The beer was cold and he conversation warm and friendly.

When I got home, I was able to FaceTime with my granddaughter. She did that backward wave thing that just melts my heart. You know, when they wave hi towards themselves.

It was a good Sunday. I hope yours was too. Hey, if you have tomorrow off, that’s even better.

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