Isaiah 6, 1-8, “Here I am,” I said, “send me.” The call of Isaiah.
Psalm 138, In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.
1 Corinthians 15, 1 – 11, I am the least of the apostles.
Luke 5, 1-11, The big catch of fish.
Observations: Isaiah (I)
This is The Great One. The Prophet. My favorite. In general, this work has three parts put together by three different people. It is time dependent: before, during, and after the, you guessed it, the Babylonian Captivity. Keep 555 before Christ in mind as an easy date. You can guess that this is Isaiah I, being chapter 6 (of 66 chapters)
Last week we heard the story of the prophet Jeremiah’s call by Yahweh. This week we have Isaiah’s call.
Harper, too, says, "Hi, Folks, Welcome in."
Want to hear something beautiful? Listen to today’s psalm. Another of my favorites. Thanks, thanks, and more thanks.
1 Corinthians 15
In last week’s Corinthians’ reading Paul described his vision of love. Today he continues talking to the people of his church in Corinth, focusing on how he was called by God.
So, today we have a theme of call & gratitude. Even the gospel has a sub-theme of call. Pretty neat.
Candle Lighters of The Week, Cole and Leo.
Have a Happy Lent?
This morning, Folks, I want to talk about how to have a happy Lent, a Lent positive spiritually-psychologically and even physically.
I got a story to exemplify my ideas.
Last Friday morning at our 6:00 A.M. spin class at the Jewish Community Center, I had the opportunity to celebrate the birthday of our trainer, a girl in her thirties named Jennifer. She did not know this was coming.
The Best, Shonda & Bethany, Ray & David,
She had told me the date of her birthday when I asked her a couple of weeks before if she was going to give me a birthday gift the week of the 26th. I asked for the theme of Rocky, my favorite work out music. At the same time she said yes to Rocky, she said her birthday was the 5th. I tucked it away.
So, just before she started cranking us up at 6:00, Friday, I got off of my bike and addressed the 20 or so other bikers saying that is was Jennifer’s birthday. We sang and then I gave her a gift with a ribbon Rosemary had added. The gift? A Cliff bar. I figured she might beat me if I gave her a cupcake. She eats healthy and it shows.
Ugh, Oh, Folks, that girl is loose.
At the same time the kid that mans the entrance desk walks in with a big piece of poster paper and tapes it on the glass wall. It said ‘Happy Birthday, Jennifer.’ I had told him about it being her birthday and never expected such a positive response.
Jennifer was obviously touched. I became the teacher’s pet with hopes of future preferential treatment. A dream.
Ugh, Oh, again, Gen, You are hanging out with dangerous people, that is, Leo and Zoe.
Back to Lent.
I have mentioned before how I have a gloomy reaction to Lent mostly because of my early Jesuit experience with extra penance. Like, we had chains we wore on our thighs a couple of times a week and we had little whips which we used to scourge our backs a couple of evenings a week before we went to bed in our cubicles. I think we were sane enough to laugh at most of this.
So, how do we make Lent this year a positive experience? I think most of us are into a fine tuning zone, a little here, a little there.
Jennifer and Kennedy, baptism time. Welcome into our world, Kennedy.
So, physically, what needs fine tuning? Myself, normally I have to watch the big 3, sugar, butter, salt. I love them all, but they do bad things to me. My goal: trim off maybe 5 pounds, weight I have gained from Thanksgiving, through Christmas, to my birthday the end of January.
So, where do you want to fine tune, lose a pound or two, exercise a bit more?
Hi, Kennedy, Thanks for bringing your mom & dad and your god parents, Nick and Stephanie.
Spiritually-psychologically? I would propose two positives:
- Take time to contemplate, appreciate, and give thanks for something.
- Make an effort every day to do something positive, like singing happy birthday to Jennifer. I was lucky to have that opportunity to celebrate her.
The Braun family, Don & Debbie, Kennedy & Jen & Kyle, Eric, Heather & Mckinley.
Rosemary & some others of you have suggested we keep a jar, write down on a small piece of paper the positive thing we did that day, and put the paper in the jar. A one a day vitamin.
The positive gesture can tie up with the gratitude.
Rosemary will say a word about this at the time of The Blessing of The Week.
So, how are you going to celebrate a Lent that is happy?