I Samuel 2,7-9,12-13,22-23; Psalms 103:1-4,8,10,12-13; I Corinthians 15:45-49; Luke 6:27-38
A pastor with good intentions visited a parishioner who was critically ill …
At bedside, the pastor knelt and said, “We’ll have a prayer now.” As the pastor was praying, the patient began gasping for air and waving his arms wildly. Unable to speak, the man then signaled that he wanted to write something down. The pastor quickly obliged with pencil and paper and, with great difficulty, the man jotted down a few words, gasped a final gasp, and died. The pastor then stuffed the note into his pocket, said a final prayer for the deceased, and left.
Later, while eulogizing the deceased parishioner at the funeral, and remembering the note, the pastor said, “Why I just now remember that I have his final words. He jotted them down on this piece of paper moments before he died.” Then he reached into his pocket, took out the note, and read, “Pastor, please back up! You’re kneeling on my
In today’s Gospel Lesson,…
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