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17th Sunday after Pentecost - October 2, 2022




Satisfactory… That is a word that has lost its power over time.. When I was in school and report cards came out, we were given various grades, as children are now, to show mastery or the lack thereof of a certain subject…


However, the reporting was far less dramatic than it has become…if you had completed the work and were performing at your grade level, then you received a grade of satisfactory…Not excellence or A thru F, but simply satisfactory or and if there was work still to be done…unsatisfactory…


I usually could keep on my grade level except in conduct… all my teachers agreed that I was too outgoing and talked too much and worst of all laughed too much…


How in the world could a child laugh too much… I know; I know…


But my point being… we were pleased with satisfactory completion of a task…


During this same time period, I was blessed with a grandmother that lived with us… She and I were roommates and I loved her presence; the odor of her perfume; her contagious laughter; the very being of her.


I am certain that it was through this lady that I learned to love God and the church


She was a seeker and went to church every Sunday morning for the early Eucharist…7:30 Holy Eucharist!