Children’s Sermon during Lent

Mmmmm. I had ice cream topped with ketchup and mustard last night. Boy, was it good.

You know it’s wrong, but at the time it sounds good.

The Bible calls the “Big Ten” commandments, but I don’t like that word. It sounds like God saying, “I COMMAND you to do this and not that.” I command you. I like the word recipe, a recipe for life. I like it because it combines all life’s aspects and mixes them together to become a “child of God.” Your recipe needs to be balanced with all the right food groups, it needs to be healthy, and it needs seasonings to taste all of the joys that life brings.

Here, how’s this one? In the morning try oatmeal with green peppers and tomatoes. Mix it all together. Mmmmm.

You know its wrong, but at the time it sounds good.

What a better definition for failing to follow God or committing a sin. “You know its wrong, but at the time it sounds good.”

My absolute favorite meal in the whole, wide world is meatloaf, creamy corn and a baked potato with butter and sour cream. Now that’s worthy of the sound, Mmmmmm.

Meatloaf is the mixing together of ground beef, onions, eggs and a splash of milk. It’s the mixing together of parents, new friends, a good education, sports and free time. Sounds good? The seasonings are the most essential ingredient in this meal, in this life. The meatloaf is sprinkled with gifts of character, integrity, charity, kindnesses, caring, hope and always with an eye for those left behind. Because you see, then you bake your life in the oven at 350 for about one hour. Baking your life is living your life as best you can with the best recipe God’s given you. Indeed, it’s a meal of one lifetime. Yours.

(walking away and then turning around)

How about pizza with peanut butter on top? You know it’s wrong but at the time…”

Books by Fr. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.
All available in paperback or Kindle on
“Soulful Muse,”
inspirational reflections on the Catholic Church and U.S. culture
Living Faith’s Mysteries,”
inspirational reflections on the Christian seasons of
Advent/Christmas & Lent/Easter – a great seasonal gift
“Spiritual Wonderings and Wanderings,”
inspirational reflections on the Catholic Church and U.S. culture
“Letters From My Cats,”
a collection of letters written by my cats over twenty years
“Bowling Through Life’s Stages with a Christian perspective,”
Bowling as a metaphor for religion and growing up

About Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

A Roman Catholic priest since 1980 and a member of the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians). Six books on the Catholic church and U.S. culture are available on
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