Today I have taken a little pastoral liscence, if that is indeed a proper ecclesiastical term, and have chosen instead of the Gospel appointed for this day, that being the Gospel according to St. John (Jn. Ch. 10, Vs 11) which speaks about Jesus as the Good Shepherd, and chose the Gospel story about the two disciples and their encounter with Christ on their journey along the road to Emmaus, a Gospel account that has been assigned for Monday in Easter week.
Reflections From the Seat of an Old Tractor
+ Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight, and bull-strong.
+ Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.
+ Life is simpler if you plow around that stump.
+ A bumble bee is considerably faster than any farm tractor.
+ Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled.
+ Meanness don't just happen overnight.
+ Forgive your enemies…it puts you right with the Lord…and messes up their heads.
+ Don't corner something you know is meaner than you.
+ It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.
+ You cannot unsay a cruel word.
+ Every path has a few puddles.
+ When you wallow with pigs…expect to get dirty.
+ The best sermons are lived, not preached.
+ Most of the stuff people worry about, ain't never gonna happen anyway.
+ Don't judge folks by their relatives.
+ Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
+ Live a good and honorable life, then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.
+ Don't interfere with something' that ain't botherin' you none.
+ Timing has a lot to do with a rain dance.
+ If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.
+ Sometimes you get…and sometimes you got.
+ The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'
+ Always drink upstream from the herd.
+ Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
+ Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.
+ If you get to thinking' you're a person of some influence…try orderin' somebody else's dog around.
+ Live simply…Love generously…care deeply…speak kindly…
Fr Kevin on his 1946 Farmall Tractor
Ora et Labora
(Work and Prayer)
The motto of the Benedictine Order
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