This evening I heard a sermon that was delivered with a lot of oomph! Praise the Lord!
It was Fr. AJ who, with his sense of humour, referred first to his size. It was true. I had not seen him for ages and he had certainly put on a lot of weight. Praise the Lord!
A joke was used to end the evening, and it went something like this:
A man went to a priest and made a bargain. He promised to give a huge sum of money to the church funds on condition that the priest praised the man’s deceased brother at the funeral service. It was tough. The deceased had led a life that was scandalous and it was a real challenge to preach.
So the priest went on to say. . . .
XXX tried to lead a worthwhile life but he had his weaknesses. . . . XXX tried to make amends but there were temptations . .. ..
The deceased man’s brother was waiting for the priest to say something that would sound good. Finally, the words came forth from the lips of the priest. . .
The deceased was more saintly than his brother. . . .
Fr. AJ had come to raise funds for his parish where a new pastoral centre is needed. May God bless his efforts!