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Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

21 Sep

“Life is about doing things that matter first, not last.”

― Richie Norton

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Wow! An awesome Sunday morning, cool, sunny, and just beautiful. A quick walk in the park with the dog before Mass on tv.

Today’s Gospel was the story of the the vineyard owner who went out to find laborers for his fields. He offered them a fair wage. He went out an hour later and found more idle men, offering them work. He did this many times over the hours, all the workers agreeing to the work and the wage offered. When it was time to get paid at the end of the day, the workers who came last were paid first for the same wage as those who worked many more hours. The workers who toiled more hours were upset and jealous….

“13But he replied to one of them, `Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14Take what belongs to you, and go; I choose to give to this last as I give to you. 15Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ 16So the last will be first, and the first last.”

My take on it… God is like the vineyard owner. He gives everyone a chance, even those who arrive late. We are all offered the same privileges and rewards, so why do we need to be envious of others who have more of the earthly rewards. Be happy and grateful for what we have now. When our lives are over, we can’t take it with us. We will all be judged equally and rewarded or punished accordingly.

The rest of my Sunday was wonderful. Well, except for the part where I tried to figure out how to install my Roku and get it set up. After a long long long time, it was installed. Great right? Well, it’s installed but I can’t figure out how to get the Netflix, and Amazon apps to work. I watched many videos and read many Google suggestions. I put in the passwords and signed up for all this stupid stuff. Then, I was ready to rip it off the wall, but I decided to just shut the #%#*{%#€ thing off, and just watch regular tv. My heart is not broken.

I walked the dog a few more times and put the first coat of varnish on my front door. Then, an evening walk to catch a glimpse of the slivered September moon.

Goodnight Moon…

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

14 Sep

“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” –Bruce Lee

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A beautiful Sunday morning. I had enough time to walk a couple of miles, feed the neighbor’s cats, and get a quick shower before 11 o’clock Mass on TV.

Today’s Gospel was the story of the master who forgave the very large debt of his servant when he pleaded for forgiveness. The servant, in turn, did not forgive the small debt of a fellow servant when asked.

Then the master sent for the man and said to him, “You wicked servant, I cancelled all that debt of yours when you appealed to me.

33 Were you not bound, then, to have pity on your fellow-servant just as I had pity on you?”

34 And in his anger the master handed him over to the torturers till he should pay all his debt.

35 And that is how my heavenly Father will deal with you unless you each forgive your brother from your heart.’

My take on it… time and time again we are told to forgive everyone, but I’m still confused. Some people say it is a must to forgive even when the offender does not ask for forgiveness nor shows contrition. In the Gospel story, the Master forgave his servant when he pleaded. His servant did not show contrition by forgiving in return. Forgive your brother and forgive from your heart. BUT… here’s my opinion… your brother should ask for forgiveness and be contrite, otherwise he’s going to keep borrowing, hurting, abusing, and taking advantage of you and everyone else, just like that wicked servant. That may not sound very Christian to some, but it makes sense to me. My heavenly Father will take care of the rest.

Now, here’s a cool sunset. Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

7 Sep

“It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.”― Germany Kent

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This morning, I actually got dressed and got ready for 11am Mass. No pajamas today. I only had to take about twelve steps from the bedroom to the living room, but it was the preparation and the journey that counts, right? I prepared my cup of tea and got out my cracker for my virtual communion. (I know, it’s silly, but virtual communion is better than none.)

Today’s Gospel was interesting.

MATTHEW 18:15-20

15″If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

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My take on it… we should try our best to forgive people and listen to their side of the story and live in peace. Go directly to the person who has wronged you. Try and solve your differences. If they refuse, look for outside help or mediation. If that doesn’t work, just step away. Sometimes there’s just NO reasoning with bad hurtful people. Not everyone deserves forgiveness, nor do they want it. How you live your life on earth now will be reflected in the next life.

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This morning, after watching Mass, I was looking at my Facebook posts and catching up with friends’ photos and comments. I also spent a lot of time deleting UGLY political commentary posted by friends and family. I just don’t want to see it. I don’t get it. They can have their opinion, but I don’t understand why they have to post mean, ugly, hurtful, negative pictures and comments. Seriously? What purpose does it serve? Does it make them feel better? I just lose respect for them.

After much deleting, I ran across an uplifting story about Heratio Spafford, posted by my friend Joni Goen. She has such a wonderful loving spirit.

Heratio Spafford endured such pain and heartache throughout his life, but still had the strength to survive, appreciate his life and his gifts and his family and friends. He didn’t blame man or blame God. Even after all this suffering and loss, he wrote “It Is Well With My Soul.”

IS IT WELL WITH YOUR SOUL???????? Let’s be kind to ourselves and one another.

Did you know⁉️The song “It Is Well With My Soul” was written by a successful Christian lawyer Heratio Spafford. His only son died at age 4 in 1871. In 1872, the great Chicago fire wiped out his vast estate, made from a successful legal career. In 1873 he sent his wife & 4 daughters over to Europe on a summer trip on the ill fated SS Ville du Havre. Since he had a lot of work to do, he planned to follow them later. The Ship sank and he lost his 4 daughters with the wife being the only survivor. She sent him a famous telegram which simply read, “SAVED ALONE….” On his return home, his Law firm was burned down and the insurance company refused to pay him. They said “It’s an Act of God”. He had no money to pay for his house and no work, he also lost his house. Then while sitting and thinking what’s happening to him, being a spiritual person, he wrote a song – “Whatever, my Lord, You have taught me to say – It is well, it is well with my soul”. My dear friend, a good attitude will determine your altitude. When you look at your life, career, job or family life, what do you say? Do you praise God? Do you blame the devil? A good attitude towards God makes Him move on your behalf. Just sit down and say, “Today, God, it is well with my soul, I am thankful I had a peaceful sleep, I am thankful I am alive with possibilities, I am thankful I have a roof over me, I am thankful I have a job, I am thankful that I have Family and Friends. Above all, I am thankful that I have the Lord Jesus Christ on my side.” Be blessed and don’t be envious or shocked when others are prospering because you don’t know what they have been through to get there (test, trials and tribulation) so thank God for what you have. “Little is much when God is in it. It Is Well With My Soul!” Touch someone’s life with this message. If God is for us, who can be against us? A blessing is coming your way, my friend.

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

31 Aug

“He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses much more; He who loses faith, loses all.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

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We had a lovely rainstorm during the night. It’s been so dry, that the welcome pelting of rain and flashes of lightning were most welcome as I slept. I woke up around 4am because I was warm. I looked up and noticed that I had forgotten to turn on the ceiling fan. NOPE! The power was out, no electricity. That’s ok, I was happy for the rain, and went back to sleep. The power came back on around 9 am and I was more than happy to go reset all the clocks. Rain, glorious rain.

I took the dog for a walk in the park, had a little breakfast, and got ready for Mass on TV.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus told his disciples how His life would end with death and resurrection. Peter told Jesus that this should not happen, but Jesus declared that Peter was thinking like a human and not as God ordained…

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me.

25 Anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it.

26 What, then, will anyone gain by winning the whole world and forfeiting his life? Or what can anyone offer in exchange for his life?

27 ‘For the Son of man is going to come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will reward each one according to his behaviour.

My take on it… this is a pretty old and well shared passage… You can have all the money, power, wealth, or status in the world, but if you lose your soul, you have lost everything. At the end of your life, wealth, power, and status mean nothing. You can’t take it with you.

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It was a lovely day. I decided it was a perfect bake cookies day. All the work was already done. I took out one of my rolls of chocolate chip cookies from the freezer. If you didn’t catch that recipe…OMG…Only Magnificently Great. I sliced the dough, placed some caramel bits on top and sprinkled with kosher salt.

I’ve done a lot of baking in my life, but I’ll attest to the fact that these are the worlds greatest cookies ever.

And when paired with a cup of green tea in my brand new “I ❤️ my Friend” mug that my friend Sherri Murphy gave me yesterday, that makes for a perfect day.

A Saturday evening sunset saying goodnight.

Sunday Sermon and Anniversary Celebration

24 Aug

“Each day offers a reason to celebrate. Find it and experience true bliss.”

― Amy Leigh Mercree

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Another lovely Sunday, and so much to celebrate. A morning walk, the warm sun, and a fine day to watch Mass on TV.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus asking people who they thought He was. When He asked Simon, Simon acknowledged Him as the Son of God.

16 Then Simon Peter spoke up and said, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’

17 Jesus replied, ‘Simon son of Jonah, you are a blessed man! Because it was no human agency that revealed this to you but my Father in heaven.

18 So I now say to you: You are Peter and on this rock I will build my community. And the gates of the underworld can never overpower it.

19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven: whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.’

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My take on it… faith is a very powerful force. Peter had such faith in the Lord that he was given the honor being the foundation and head of the church, the rock, the cornerstone.

Now, for the celebration. Today is August 23rd, which is one of my three miracle days. Six years ago today, I moved into my brand new house to start my brand new life. What once was a sad day and mournful memory, became a beautiful celebration. Forty-five years ago, what I thought would be one of the happiest days of my life, turned out to be an awful painful nightmare. My happily ever after turned into a dark disaster. I was rewarded for my faith and trust in God, just like Peter in today’s Gospel, and I started my new life on that same day, 39 years later. Now, I celebrate my new home Anniversary every year.

I usually have a huge party and celebration with friends, but with Covid and quarantine craziness, NO PARTY for my sixth anniversary. Hopefully, next year will be amazing and celebrated with twice as many friends.

Past celebrations…

Now, for a glass of champagne and some hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries. Cheers, my friends. Cheers to another wonderful year and celebration of life. Cheers to many more celebrations to come.

Sunday Sermon, Storms and Other Stuff

17 Aug

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

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This morning, I woke before the alarm, deciding to get out for my morning walk before the grueling afternoon heat set in. It was only in the mid 80’s, so I was determined to push myself for a long brisk walk.

As per my ritual, when I marched past Miss Bernadine’s house, a few blocks away, I gave St. Francis a tap on his head for good luck. The bunnies and squirrels were scurrying around, probably with the same idea of getting out before the heat.

I try to challenge myself and push a little further each day. Yesterday, over 2 miles, and this morning, over 3 miles.

I got home in time to shower and get ready to watch Mass on TV from the Dallas Archdiocese at 11. This time, no church in my pajamas.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus being confronted by a Canaanite woman pleading for her daughter to be cured from demon possession.

Matthew 15:21-28

21And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.” 23But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us.” 24He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26And he answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 27She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 28Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

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My take on it…people might say that Jesus was insensitive and uncaring at first. But, I think it was more of a test of faith. Just like in our everyday lives, things aren’t always easy and perfect. What would happen if every time we wanted something, it was just handed to us? That might sound ideal to some, but there’s something to be said for working towards your goals and having faith and determination. “If at first you don’t succeed…”

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It was a very good day. I got to FaceTime with my adorable granddaughters for a while. Then, about 6pm, the skies got very dark and rumbled. A severe thunderstorm was issued, and a little while later, the power went out. It was scary out there. I searched for my flashlight, and decided with no television or internet, that it was a good time to take a well deserved nap. My theory is, if there’s a tornado, the siren will wake me, and if the house blows away, at least I’ll be well rested. Not much I can do about it. I turned off my cell phone to conserve battery in case it was a long outage. I got in a nice nap, and the power kicked on about 8:30.

I turned my phone back on and found a message from my neighbor nextdoor saying our fence was down on her side from the high winds. I guess I’ll have to wait till morning to check it out. Thank goodness the other side was fine, seeing as that was a brand new fence section, replaced just last month.

Another interesting Sunday, to say the least. I hope yours was a good one. ❤️

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

10 Aug

“Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe.”

― Mitch Albom

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It was another steamy Sunday, but I got up early to walk before it got too hot. Otherwise, walking in the heat and scorching sun, I start to smell bacon cooking, then realize it’s me. Yikes!

I watched Mass on TV this morning, but received a couple of phone calls, so I recorded Mass so I could watch it later, uninterrupted.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus walking on the sea towards the disciples being tossed in their boat. Jesus called to Peter who proceeded to walk on the water, but when Peter got scared, he started to sink. That’s where the famous ” O, you of little faith” comes from.

Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”

He said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.

But when he saw how (strong) the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

After they got into the boat, the wind died down.

Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying, “Truly, you are the Son of God.”

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My take on it… when you start doubting or denying your faith, your worth, your strengths and yourself, you start to sink. You still have a chance to focus and believe, otherwise you drown. Sink or swim, the choice is yours.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

2 Aug

“God has given us two hands – one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing.”

~ Billy Graham

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Another Sunday watching Mass in my pajamas. I don’t miss setting my alarm for 7am, but I REALLY do miss greeting fellow parishioners at the door, and the hugs and handshakes, and the smiling children, and the holding hands reciting The Our Father. I miss the community of worship. I can still pray and sing and celebrate the Mass in the comfort of my cozy couch… but it’s not the same.

Today’s Gospel was the famous five loaves and two fish story. Jesus just learned that His cousin, John the Baptist had been killed, so he wanted to go to a secluded place to mourn. His followers learned where He was and followed Him. Instead of being upset and sending them away, He spoke to the crowd and healed the sick. When it was late and all were hungry, He performed a miracle and fed the crowd…

“Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.”

Then he said, “Bring them here to me, ”

and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass.

Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven,

he said the blessing, broke the loaves,

and gave them to the disciples,

who in turn gave them to the crowds.

They all ate and were satisfied,

and they picked up the fragments left over—

twelve wicker baskets full.

Those who ate were about five thousand men,

not counting women and children.

My take on it… even the Lord, in His sadness, gave of Himself to others by sharing His word and teachings and blessings. He healed the sick and fed the hungry. You and I can’t perform miracles like this, but in a small way, we can perform tiny miracles by sharing with the less fortunate, sharing The Word by being kind to others. It doesn’t have to be something huge. Just a kind word to a stranger, a cold drink for the workmen at your house, or the mailman. (Brownies for the firemen) So many tiny acts of kindness do not go unnoticed, because they are huge to the recipient.

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It’s a pretty hot Sunday here in McKinney. I haven’t even ventured out or even peeked out the window blinds to see what kind of day it is. (“My house is dark and my pots are cold…” ~ Santana) Google Girl said it was 95°, so I’m staying in the air conditioning, at least until sunset.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

27 Jul

“There is magic in the old and magic in the new; the trick is to successfully combine the two.”

― A.D. Posey

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Another Sunday watching Mass on TV in my pajamas. Quite a few more people are attending services in church, but I’m not quite ready for that yet. Or, maybe they aren’t ready for me to show up to church in my pajamas. Either way, I’m still playing it safe at home.

Today’s Gospel was the three parables about life on earth and heaven…

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45″Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. 47″Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net which was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind; 48when it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into vessels but threw away the bad. 49So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous, 50and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth. 51″Have you understood all this?” They said to him, “Yes.” 52And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

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My take on it… Our time here on earth is limited, and although we may have earthly possessions and riches, we should be able to give up everything for what really is of value. Heaven is compared to the net thrown out to sea that gathers all fish, and the good will be sorted from the bad. The true treasure is a combination of the old and the new.

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Now, for a beautiful sunset.

Sunday Sermon and Some Special Numbers ~123,456?

20 Jul

Although the life of a person is in a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God.

~ Pope Francis

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Well, you guessed it, another Sunday watching Mass in my pajamas, and another steamy hot Texas day. While I was thanking God for my blessings, I including air conditioning.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus spoke to the crowds using three parables to convey His message. 1. A man sowed good seed in his field and his enemies came in the night and planted weeds. When the servants reported the weeds in with the wheat, the master said let them grow, and that at harvest, they could gather the weeds to burn then harvest the wheat to store in the barn. 2. The kingdom of heaven is like the mustard seed, the smallest seed yet the largest of plants for the birds of the sky to dwell. 3. The kingdom of heaven is like the yeast mixed with three measure of wheat flour until all was leavened.

Later, he explained to the disciples that the good seeds were His children and the weeds were the children of the devil. In the end, the evil-doers will burn and the righteous will shine like the sun in heaven.

My take on it… sometimes you have to ignore the weeds until the end of the season, then you sort out the good from the bad. Also, sometime those weeds are deceiving, with pretty flowers and leaves, but they can choke out and overpower the good seeds. This happens with people too. I think most of you can relate to those weeds in your gardens and in your life.

Now, for the crazy numbers. I’ve been blogging for a long time now. I’m always in awe of how many people actually read my posts and visit my site. It’s such an honor. I’ve made many new friends and, my old friends and family are able to keep in touch with me. Most everyone knows I’m pretty goofy.

So, I noticed that the number of visits on my WordPress website was getting close to this awesome cool number- 123,456 visits. I’ve been watching it get closer for the last two days. So, last night, the number was at 123,450. I decided I would try and stay up and capture a screen shot when it got to the magic number. It was after 2am when it got to 123,453. I figured I could stay awake for just 3 more views. Guess what? No one is viewing at 2 am, no matter what the stats say. I finally went to bed, but took my iPad with me so I could check it in the middle of the night. Do you ever play those goofy mind games? I checked at 4 am and it hadn’t changed. I finally fell fast asleep, then woke up about 6:30.

DANG! Wouldn’t you know it, I missed the magic number. It shot up to 123,459 while I was fast asleep and I missed the perfect number screen shot. Goofy me! But, the good news is, I’ve had 123,459 views on my goofy blog since I started way back when. I also have 1,593 followers. I think that’s pretty awesome! Thanks! Love you all!!!!!