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Mark 13:33-37 (As built; Amite # 283; 12-3-17

“Vigilant ”
… The year is about 1980… and his name is Steven! He is one of four children…grew up in Longview Texas… his mom, well she was something special… she taught special education, and received two masters degree’s all the while raising 4 kids… that is VIGILANT! And the dad did quite well in the insurance business…. And ultimately, they moved to Calif… and if you were to ask Steven about high school he would tell you he did two things… well, REALLY WELL… he played football quite well and he was exceptional at being in the Choir! By the time he finished high school… he received a scholarship to Univ of Calif… for football and he also joined the school choir… well, he got hurt and football became far gone conclusion… but he kept the music going… and one day, a drama teacher approached Steven… telling him… that if… IF… he was half as VIGILANT as he was in the choir… he would be a great actor… well off to USC he goes to finish an acting degree… and wouldn’t you know it…he gets a bit part in the movie… fast times at Ridgemont high… which opened the door to the Color of Money… and subsequently to another movie called, Platoon! Well, Steven was off to a good start… you see, Steven…. Is good enough to play lead roles… but he is quite good at being the second…like 1b… he was the tv series… the Shield, Witness Protection and then, Criminal Minds…he has a little bit of a lazy eye, but that hasn’t detruded him, or us for that matter… but it probably these movies that set the table for Steven… Good Morning Vietnam, Phenomena and Taken 3! Yes you know Steven as Forrest Steven Whitaker…! And he would be the first to tell you… that early on in his career he made a decision to try and stay in the middle of the road, and not take too many roles to far out… and because he was VIGILANT… like his mother… he is the actor he is today… Forrest Whitaker is Vigilant!!

THE GOSPEL TODAY IS ALL ABOUT BEING VIGILANT!!! About four times, the words ‘watch’, be awake’, etc…are used! Remember now, If you are a first century jew… you know that the Gospel today is from Mark… and Christ is talking to His Apostles about His upcoming Passion… and Crucifixion… and HE is warning them to be on guard… BE VIGILANT!!! And please remember this as well… the Good Lord is using the four watches of the night to explain that HE will come at any time… of HIS choosing… 6-9 evening watch, 9-12 midnight watch, 12-3 the Cockcrow… (Hence, where Peter stumbled…)... And then 3-6am the morning watches…
Brothers and Sisters in Christ… throughout Scripture…everyone was asked to be VIGLIANT… especially the Apostles… take Peter… can you imagine, you have just lived through the Crucifixion… the resurrection…and now you get to meet Christ again… as he sits next to a charcoal fire…much like the one you denied HIM… you see HIM… you swim 100 yards… and when you get on shore… HE hits you with, PETER DO YOU LOVE ME… you could only imagine Peters thoughts… as he stutters to say, well yes Lord, I do love you… and then our Savior to ask yet again… Peter once again is probably on his heels… but still remarks that he does love HIM… and wow, Christ asked yet again… Peter is probably about to jump out of his skin…to be asked three times… but Christ finally brings peace to the issue… but couldn’t you see Peter with all the anxiety of those three questions… yet, Peter probably thinks… ok, well at least I got thru this…. yet, he has 33 years left to go, as the VICAR OF CHRIST… and the Good Lord in a way, is trying to get Peter ready to be… VIGILANT!!! Because Peter, you are THE ROCK of which I will build My Church… and you think its tough now, wait till you don’t see ME, per se…and you have to make decisions about the Church… but for 33 years, HE IS THE ROCK… so much so… Peter is VIGILANT till the very end, being crucified upside down and according to tradition, speaking 3 hrs about Christ…upside down!!! Can you imagine the Blessed Mother, thinking that Her Son has returned to Heaven, maybe my time will be sooner than later…yet according to tradition, spent the next 15 years or so, helping the Apostles and the Start of Holy Mother Church… that’s VIGILANT!!! Imagine if judas had preserved… or been VIGILANT for just 36 hrs…he would be saint judas today!!

My Friends in Christ well its 2000 years later… are we VIGILANT!!!??? WELL…. LET’S … SEE…. Remember what Peter says in Scripture… the devil is like a roaring lion, looking for souls to devour… the word, devour in scripture (greek) is pino… which means to lick it up, drink it, eat it completely… the devil is a lion, is looking to devour you, your body and drink what is left, blood, etc….and he will do whatever it takes to make this happen… why?????? Because, He HATES YOU… your name, your family, your friends…anything and everything to do with you…. !!! We have been made in Christ image and as such… he wants to destroy you and i… and he will do anything and everything to make it happen!!! You have heard the adage… people love misery…actually it should read, people like misery as miserable as they are!!! This is where Lucifer sits…. He wants your soul and anyone attached to you… he no more cares for you…he wants you to hate… to live in the past… the day of regrets…and if he cant you to stay there he will take the day of worry…. The day of tomorrow!!!!

So what day did you wake up in…?!?!? Yesterday… the day of regrets… you are upset because you choose the wrong profession… the wrong company in which to work for…. The wrong school… you choose poorly in the people you dated, had relationships with… you have hurt people… cheated in a business exchange… spent money frivolously … you have deceived your family, friends, co workers… if you had only done this or that… woulda, coulda or shouda done something other than what you did… so, NOW WHAT!?!?! I TELL YOU WHAT… ITS IN THE PAST… IT HAS NO BEARING ON YOU… THERE IS NO STRING ATTACHED TO YOU… THE DEVIL IS A LIAR AND A CHEAT… HE HAS NOTHING ON YOU…HE NEVER DID….NEVER WILL!!! *****ITS ONLY WHERE YOU GO FROM HERE****** …. He will try and place the thought in your head… and he will use partial truths… you stole, lied, deceived people, your company, you whole life… and it may be somewhat true… but GO TO CONFESSION!!!!! BE DONE WITH IT… THE PAST DOES DICTATE YOUR FUTURE…IFFFFFFF you don’t allow it!!!!!! Put it on the table in confession, receive your penance and move on…. HE IS THE GREAT…I AM…!!!!!! the devil is NOTHING to HIM… what if Mary Mag…. Decided to live in the past because of her history… the way she lived her past, her relationships, her money, the stories she told… if she stayed in the past she would never have become SAINT MARY MAGADLENE!!!!! The same is true of Peter… if he lived with denying Christ… being called Satan… loping a guys ear off…. Doubting Christ’s ability to give him the ability to walk on water… he would never have become ST PETER… THE ROCK!!! For the love of God, your family….your self…your soul…. STOP LIVING IN THE PAST… BE RESELIENT ABOUT ASKING FOR PRAYERS FROM THE HOLY MOTHER… THE SAINTS… YOUR SELF…. Not to mention the TOTAL AND COMPLETE ABSOLUTION OF GOING TO CONFESSION AND DOING YOUR RESTITUTION…. !!!!

And if you don’t stay in yesterday… are you in TOMORROW… the day of WORRIES!!!! The doctors visit… the checkup… the bills… the mortgage… payroll…. The upcoming test… the relationship that needs to improve… the relationship we need to visit over…or walk away from… is HE not god?!?!?! HE IS EITHER THE GREAT , I AM… or HE is the greatest liar that ever walked… HE IS EITHER THE MESSIAH… or not…. HE IS EITHER THE CREATOR OF THE WORLD BY MERE THOUGHT… or he is not… and YOU KNOW WHO HE IS…. HE IS ….. GOD, THE ONE AND ONLY… and as such…HE HAS TOLD YOU AND I …THAT NOT A SPARROW FALLS TO THE GROUND… without HIS knowledge…not a hair on your head is touched unless HE ordains it!!!! You want to have a pity party… well do it…ya better yet??!!!!!!! Then get up, dust yourself off… and get back in the game… you don’t have to win the game, but you darn sure better finish it… you must be… VIGILANT!!!!

I LEAVE YOU WITH THIS…. the true definition… of VIGLANT is this… when you do the right thing, the right way… when no one is looking… is when you have become, VIGLIANT!!!
Amen

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