Sunday Sermon, Special Friends, and a Sunset

2 Mar

“The greatest temptations are not those that solicit our consent to obvious sin, but those that offer us great evils masking as the greatest goods.”

― Thomas Merton

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It was a cloudy blustery Sunday morning. The winds were so strong, while I greeted and held the door before Mass, that most parishioners had a tail wind that shoved them in the door. I had a heck of a time holding that huge heavy metal door open. But, who knows, my biceps may be getting pumped.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus fasting in the desert for forty days, where he was tempted and taunted by the devil. The devil taunted Him saying if He was truly the son of God, He should turn the stones into bread, or that He should throw Himself from the tower and call the angels to save Him. Finally…

Then the devil took him up to a very high mountain,

and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence,

and he said to him, “All these I shall give to you,

if you will prostrate yourself and worship me.”

At this, Jesus said to him,

“Get away, Satan!

It is written:

The Lord, your God, shall you worship
and him alone shall you serve.”

Then the devil left him and, behold,

angels came and ministered to him.

My take on it… the devil or evil, or whatever forces that are out there, will constantly bombard us with very tempting offers. The weak and greedy and ignorant will succumb to these temptations. Yes, it isn’t easy, and one must be very strong and faithful to resist. Sometimes we just have to say, “Get away, Satan,” as Jesus did. It may also be necessary to distance yourself from people or friends who try and drag you into the devil’s evil web. I learned and witnessed from experience how people who do evil and disgusting things try to coerce and tempt others into joining them. Misery loves company and so does evil.

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On a cheerier note, 🎼, I am very blessed to have the greatest, most honest, loving, and caring friends. The only thing they tempt me with is chocolate candy, ice cream or an occasional chocolate chip cookie. After Mass, Helene, Jerry and I stopped for coffee at McD’s, as we do every Sunday. Helene and I stopped at Tom Thumb to pick up a few sale items for Holy Family School.

Speaking of Holy Family School, last week, my good friends Joni and Bob gave me a very generous check to donate to the wonderful non-profit Christian pre-school on the east side of McKinney. Miss Sondra was so appreciative and said the teachers would be able to purchase some much needed supplies for the young children.

Thank you, Bob and Joni.

I am so blessed and inspired by my many kind and generous friends. These are the people I surround myself with. These are the people that inspire me and make me a better person by their example.

Now, for a beautiful sunset…

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