Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

4 Nov

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

~John F. Kennedy

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Today, the clocks moved back for Daylight Saving Time, and we got an extra hour of sleep. Well, some did. I couldn’t sleep, so I got up around 6:30 this morning. I told myself if I woke up before 7 that I would go to 8 o’clock Mass instead of 10. I’m so glad I did.

When I arrived at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Elgin, it felt warm and inviting and special. This was Mom’s parish, and the church and people she loved so much.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus traveling through Jericho. A wealthy tax collector named Zacchaeus was curious and wanted to see Jesus. Being a very short man, he climbed a tree to see better. Jesus looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly for today I must stay in your house,” The crowd was upset that Jesus was going to stay with a sinner. Zacchaeus declared to Jesus that he would give half of his possessions to the poor, and repay anyone he cheated four times the amount.

“Today salvation has come to this house

because this man too is a descendant of Abraham.

For the Son of Man has come to seek

and to save what was lost.”

My take on it… It’s never too late to change. Some change is good. Some change is bad. It’s up to us to decide what path we follow. Sometimes we are given a second chance in life. Like Zacchaeus, we can see the error of our ways and decide to share our blessings and mend our evil ways.

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After Mass, I stopped to shake hands and chat with Father. I noticed a couple of familiar faces in the vestibule. (I always liked that word- vestibule) I didn’t remember their names, but they were Eucharistic ministers who went to the Greens of Elgin where Mom lived, and officiated a service and brought communion on Sundays. I gave each one a big hug and thanked them for the many years of kindness to my mom and the other residents. They both said they missed Trini and her beautiful smile.

I went back into the nearly empty sanctuary to take a couple of pictures of the beautiful altar and stained glass windows.

As I was getting ready to leave, I noticed another familiar face sitting alone in the front pew praying the rosary. What are the chances? I scooted right next to her in the pew and smiled. Her eyes lit up and Miss Ilene gave me a big hug and said she was just thinking about me. Ilene was a dear friend of Mom’s. She used to pick Mom up every Sunday for Mass, when Mom was more mobile, and they would stop for breakfast and visit often. We sat and talked a good half hour. I didn’t want to disrupt her prayers too long, so I gave her my address and phone number, and took a quick selfie. Sweet lady and great friend to Mom.

I drove back to my sister’s with a wonderful happy heart. My early morning Mass turned into a celebration of life.

Talk about friends, my dear friend Debbie was coming all the way from the south side of Chicago to visit this afternoon. Debbie and I go way back from our teaching days in the late 70’s. She also was kind enough to scout out and score a dozen boxes of blank frosted ornaments from Hobby Lobby for me. I’ve had an awful time finding them. I need to paint them for gifts when I come back in December. Yay!

When she arrived, we discussed where we would go to lunch. I’ve been very good with vegetarian meals and eating healthy while I was at my son’s house and here with my sister. They are very inspirational with their vegetarian lifestyle. In my almost two weeks here, I haven’t had any deep dish Chicago pizza or my favorite Maxwell street Polish sausage from Portillo’s. My sister decided not to join us for lunch because she had a dinner meeting planned already. So, Debbie and I talked about a little cafe not too far, where they served healthy nutritional lunches. I even asked for directions.

When we got in Debbie’s car, she asked which way to Sweet Berry Cafe, and if that was where I wanted to go. BLESS ME FATHER FOR I HAVE SINNED….

Oh my gosh… I’ve been dreaming about this for almost a year. I’ll go to confession next week. For today, I am one happy Catholic Chicago girl.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

One Response to “Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff”

  1. Shivangi November 4, 2019 at 3:22 pm #

    Great post! I love that picture of you having a hearty meal😀👏

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