Sunday Sermon and a Spectacular Sunset

15 Apr

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

Jimi Hendrix

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Another cold and blustery Sunday morning. I didn’t wear my sock monkey hat, but after I got to church and greeted at the door for over half an hour, I regretted the decision. All we could do was push open the doors with all our might, and try and hang on. Needless to say, everyone scurried inside.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus visiting with the disciples after his resurrection. A couple of things caught my attention. I liked it very much that He started out His conversation by saying, “Peace be with you.” We say that a lot during the course of the Mass. I sort of say it, as I’m sure most of us do, without really thinking of the origin or meaning.

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.

My take on the Gospel… Jesus very much wants us to live in peace, not to be afraid or troubled. He sacrificed much, rose again, and tried to prove this, not only by appearing to the disciples, wishing them peace, calming their fears, showing them his wounds to prove it was Him, but stopping by for a bite to eat to also prove He was flesh. What more proof do you need?

After Mass, the ladies from the St. Gabriel’s Craft Ministry had a craft sale. I wouldn’t have known about it if my friend Bonita hadn’t mentioned it to me at Art Club the other day. I bought this neat sign that I took home and immediately hung up at the entrance of my kitchen. It describes how I feel every day, and will be a beautiful reminder of my blessings.

I was cold and tired and lazy after church, so I didn’t even stop anywhere. I came home, hung up my cute sign, made a cup of tea, walked Bella and was lazy the rest of the day.

But, I did want to share this beautiful sunset with you. As you know, only God could paint such a glorious painting in the sky each evening.

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