hardly the case when i bumped into Monsignor while i was rushing in, and when it came time for Communion, they were two Extraordinary Ministers short and based upon a conversation my husband and i had with Monsignor earlier this summer about being called up and answering the call regardless of flip-flops or shorts, i arose when he announced he needed assistance.
and he said "thank you, Penni" as he handed me the paten.
all of the teenagers grinned as they received because i had on a Christian tee shirt about "destination paradise," a skirt, and vans sneakers...it was all okay :) and i am totally digressing from my original thoughts, but it might actually be a segue, we'll see...
|James 1: 17 - 18, 21 - 22, 27 |
|17||Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.|
|18||Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.|
|21||Therefore put away all filthiness and rank growth of wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.|
|22||But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.|
|27||Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. --------------------------|
|Mark 7: 1 - 8, 14 - 15, 21 - 23 |
|1||Now when the Pharisees gathered together to him, with some of the scribes, who had come from Jerusalem,|
|2||they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands defiled, that is, unwashed.|
|3||(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they wash their hands, observing the tradition of the elders;|
|4||and when they come from the market place, they do not eat unless they purify themselves; and there are many other traditions which they observe, the washing of cups and pots and vessels of bronze.)|
|5||And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, "Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with hands defiled?"|
|6||And he said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, `This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;|
|7||in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.'|
|8||You leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men."|
|14||And he called the people to him again, and said to them, "Hear me, all of you, and understand:|
|15||there is nothing outside a man which by going into him can defile him; but the things which come out of a man are what defile him."|
|21||For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery,|
|22||coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.|
|23||All these evil things come from within, and they defile a man."|
Monsignor then preached on hypocrisy. i wish i had a copy of his homily so i could post it here, but it was very powerful, very convicting. i have so much work to do on myself -- i continuously worry about my outer appearance -- my weight, what i am wearing -- seems i need to shift the focus a little more toward my inward self.
it's time for a change....