This Sunday the Gospel reading is from Luke
When the apostles asked Jesus to make their faith stronger he told them that if they had faith no bigger than a tiny mustard seed, they could tell this mulberry tree to pull itself up, roots and all, and to plant itself in the ocean. And it would!
Can you imagine the amount of faith that would require? An awful lot more than I have ever seen!
Dad used to forecast the results (win, lose or draw) in the football pools each week and I remember that I would copy the scores onto our Daily Express every Saturday tea time, when the results were announced,
We never won a million pounds in a lottery where the only winner was the pools company Littlewoods!
Jesus went on to say “If your servant comes in from ploughing or from taking care of the sheep, would you say, “Welcome! Come on in and have something to eat”? No, you wouldn’t say that. You would say, “Fix me something to eat. Get ready to serve me, so I can have my meal. Then later on you can eat and drink.” Servants don’t deserve special thanks for doing what they are supposed to do. And that’s how it should be with you. When you do all you should, then say, “We are merely servants, and we have simply done our duty.”
You did your duty, Mammy, and we love you for that.
Yesterday was your twin;s, John and Peter’s, birthday, and your 98th is coming in a fortnight, on Trafalgar Day.
Your beautiful daughter Joy will be washing your feet very soon.
You are blessed, my Mammy.