The kids got here about 7:15 and Grandpa had the pancakes going. It's fun having faces around the table again in the morning.
Today we had our first staff meeting of the year. It was also the first staff meeting with our new pastor. I had so many misgivings at the beginning of the transition (I don't deal well with change) but things are going very, very, well. This pastor is a very positive person. He likes to laugh a lot. Is in love with his ministry. All very good traits in a pastor. We haven't had one like that in a while. Our new pastor has plunged into the life of the community and there are very few people who don't know who he is. It's great!
During the meeting, Clay and Claire went to their mommy's friend's house. She has a daycare. I told them they would get a surprise if they behaved. Clay had a hard time at first (he's like his grandma and change is hard for him) but settled in for the morning. Claire was taking a nap when I got there to pick them up. Since they were good, we went to the Scripture Palace to get some stickers.
I poured some candles for an order and then snuggled with the kids while they watched Dora.
It was a fun day.
Word of the day:
Thursday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. John Eudes, Priest (1601-1680)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 22:1-14.
Jesus again in reply spoke to them in parables, saying, The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come. A second time he sent other servants, saying, 'Tell those invited: "Behold, I have prepared my banquet, my calves and fattened cattle are killed, and everything is ready; come to the feast."' Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business. The rest laid hold of his servants, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged and sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, 'The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come. Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.' The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to meet the guests he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment. He said to him, 'My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?' But he was reduced to silence. Then the king said to his attendants, 'Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.' Many are invited, but few are chosen."
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