Sermon: “For God So Loved the World”
Leave-taking of the Nativity of the Mother of God, and the Sunday Before the Exaltation of the Cross. 9/12/21
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
I’ve made some boneheaded mistakes in my life; and some of those mistakes were the result of blurting out something without thinking. Proverbs 15:28 says: “The heart of the righteous person ponders before speaking.” Well, there were plenty of times when I didn’t do that, and the consequence was embarrassment, humiliation, and sometimes, general laughter. One such occasion was when I was a kid on a family trip to Lake Tahoe. Evidently, we didn’t have a hotel reservation, so we were cruising around looking for “vacancy” signs on the lakefront motels. One of them, although a bit shabby looking, had another sign, a big sign, that advertised: “Color TV, Air Conditioning, (and) Pool.” In my excited haste I burst out with: “Oh! Let’s stay here! Let’s stay here! I love to play pool!!” After a moment of stunned silence in the car, uproarious laughter ensued, and as soon as my Dad could breathe, he looked back at me and gently said, “It doesn’t mean that they have pool tables, it means that they have a swimming pool.”( Collapse )