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Sunday Sermon, Sales and Other Stuff

24 Apr

“We can’t see the air, yet we still breathe. We can’t see love, yet we still love. We can’t see God, yet we believe.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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“Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.” ― Paul Tillich

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A very chilly morning. I was very tempted to wear my sock monkey hat to church, just one last time, but changed my mind. It was good to be back greeting at 9 o’clock Mass with Mary. Today is Divine Mercy Sunday.

The Gospel was the story of Jesus appearing to the apostles. Thomas was not there and said unless he saw the wounds and put his hands there, he could not be sure that Jesus resurrected and returned. Jesus then appeared again and told Thomas to put his hands in His wounds so he might believe, then said…

“You have come to believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” (Jn 20:29)

My take on it…you have to have faith and believe and trust in things that you may not see. We can’t see air, yet we breathe. We can’t see love, yet we still love. We can’t see God, yet we believe. Some need proof and others just believe.

Being Divine Mercy Sunday, I went to the Novena and Chaplet at 3 p.m. The theme of this day is forgiveness and mercy, asking for and giving forgiveness. I still need A LOT of help in that regard, so I decided to attend. The quiet prayers and solemn songs were motivational. 


After church, I went to Sprouts and had a field day with all the great sales, fruit and vegetables, and my favorite, dark chocolate covered pecans, only $5.99 a pound. Does anyone else get excited about red peppers, 3 for $1? 


I put away my  exciting groceries, then went for a long walk, bumping into neighbors, chatting here and there, and not landing at my front door until it was dark. But, before I went inside, I made a wish on the first star. You know the old…”Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight…” I believe in magic wishes, too. Don’t you?

Sunday Sermon and Some Serious Words to Think About

13 Apr

“Jesus’ willingness to accommodate Thomas’ unbelief is a reminder that God can handle our doubt. And that the rationalist doesn’t need to see, touch, or run a lab test in order to believe in the resurrected Christ. Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me” (Jn 20:29) This is not a plea to accept what goes against reason, but it is an invitation to discover a faith that goes beyond it. The example of Thomas is for the stubborn skeptic in us all.” 

― David D. Flowers

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Today’s Gospel was about Thomas doubting that the man he saw was Jesus, he wanted to see and touch the wounds. He wanted Jesus to prove that he indeed rose from the dead. My interpretation…sometimes we may doubt, but we have to have faith without touching the wounds. 

When I arrived at Mass this morning, I scooted out my kneeler to say my thankful prayer, and there on the floor was a lucky coin. (My sign for the day.)

  

It was a cloudy morning, but it cleared up nicely in the afternoon. I went for a walk in the morning and another in the evening. I always walk and think and walk some more. While I was walking and thinking, I analyzed my personal beliefs about doubt, trust, and faith. The one thing I’ve always had going for me is I never doubted that everything would turn out OK. It wasn’t always easy, but I believe in myself and I like myself. I’m a good person with good loving people by my side. Not everyone can say that. (Those are the ones you can’t trust and you need them out of your life. DONE!)

  

  

Serious words to think about.