Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

27 Jan

“I think that you have to believe in your destiny; that you will succeed, you will meet a lot of rejection and it is not always a straight path, there will be detours – so enjoy the view.”

~Michael York

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A beautiful crisp Sunday morning. It was only 35 degrees when I left for church, but the sun more than made up for the temp. Everyone was cheerful and smiling as I greeted before 9 o’clock Mass. The new church is coming along nicely and the beautiful St. Gabriel statue is now gracing the front entrance, ready for next months ribbon cutting.

(Photo from St. Gabriel Community Facebook page)

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus reading at the synagogue in Nazareth, thus beginning His journey and fulfilling His destiny.

He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up,

and went according to his custom

into the synagogue on the sabbath day.

He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.

He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

because he has anointed me

to bring glad tidings to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives

and recovery of sight to the blind,

to let the oppressed go free,

and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.

Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down,

and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.

He said to them,

“Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”

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My take on it… we are all put on this earth to fulfill our destiny, but it is our choice as how to proceed and how to do that. No one tells us what we HAVE TO DO. We get to choose, we have to decide, and sometimes we just don’t get it right, and sometimes we do.

I’ve spent many a sleepless night or meditative morning wondering if I’ve wasted my life or if I haven’t fulfilled my destiny. Was I meant to do great things and just ignored my calling? Then, I contemplate these past six and a half decades and try and think back to all the people I’ve met, friends I’ve made, family that I’ve loved, and the hundreds if not thousands of people I’ve made smile, even just for a moment. That’s when I say, “YES! I’ve accomplished what I set out to do.” I think God is smiling down at me. Either that, or He’s laughing hysterically. Especially this morning when I wore my sock monkey hat to church again.

I thought I was going to have an easy go of it in this life, but a few bumps in the road, a few set backs, and a lot of tears and heartbreak… well, sometimes that’s all part of what makes you stronger. I wouldn’t change a thing.

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