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Luke 10:1-20 (As built. #286: Amite 12-24-17; 4th Sunday of advent)
“Simon”
… it’s the 1960’s… her name is Emily! She is 1-4 children… and she lives in Fairfield, Conn… her mom is an actress and a teacher… well more teacher than actress… you do have to eat! Her dad, is also a teacher … a math teacher… they are a Catholic family… she attended st pius grammar school… and in high school… she was quite popular… she was part of the student council/paper… but also was the prom queen… those blue eyes and blond hair… still today, had and have an impact… well… she went to NYU to study journalism… but she always had a little of her mom in her… and wanted to act… so when burger king offered a commercial… she was all in… then came As the World turns… then a few tv series… Charles in Charge… Armed and Dangerous… Amityville 3D… and then came movies for Emily… Top Gun, and Perdsio with Mark Harmon… Emily was also in City of Angels, Courage Under Fire… but if it hadn’t been for Tom Hanks… a true SIMON to her… she may not have been where she is today… granted Joe vs the Volcano… wasn’t that great… but Sleepless in Seattle was and so was You God Mail… and Tom Hanks is even in her new movie… Ithaca… not to mention her movie, When Harry Met Sally…yes you know Emily, as Meg Emily Ryan!!! All because she too had a SIMON…
THE GOSPEL, has at least a little to do with being a SIMON… if you had to pick a quintessential SIMON… who better than MARY!!! Where would Joseph be without Mary… the Apostles be without MARY… where would our Church be without, MARY!!!
Remember too… as a first century Jew…you are taught… from early on… that a Messiah would come… that HE would be GREAT, have a KINGDOM that would not end… be the SON OF THE MOST HIGH… and that HE would come from the line of DAVID… so in the gospel when they heard… that Joseph was from the LINE OF DAVID… it surely hit home!!!
Scripture is the same way… since the beginning of time… think about it… the Good Lord has ALWAYS paired people…
*Moses/Aaron (God wants Moses to speak to Pharaoh… but Moses has a problem with speaking…possibly a speech impediment…so the Good Lord sends him Aaron)
* Joshua/ Caleb (they are in the desert 40 years…about to enter the promise land… and they send one man each from the 12 tribes…they come back… oh, we can’t go in…there are these giants in this one area… Anakim…(Golaith’s)… but only Joshua and Caleb…stand firm… and make their proclamation… that God gave us the land, its ours…they gotta go! And because they do so, only these two…are allowed to continue on into the land God gave them…the other leaders of the 10 nations were not allowed , thought the nations themselves were….
*Peter/Paul (Peter is needed to speak to the Gentiles but he is a Jew…so He sends him Paul )
* even God the Father, sends … Simon of Cyrene..

E. B & S… YOU MUST UNDERSTAND ONE THING… THERE IS NO …NO … SUCH THING AS A SELF MADE MAN OR WOMAN… YOU AND I …HAD NO SAY SO , IN WHETHER WE ARE TALL OR SHORT, MALE OR FEMALE, BLACK OR WHITE, THIS COUNTRY OR ANOTHER…yet we have the unmitigated gall to proclaim that we are NATURAL GIFTS… we have NONE…IT IS ALL …SUPERNATURAL…!!! PERIOD!!! Let me ask you this question….how many times in life has the Good Lord sent you someone… for example…fill in this blank…. ‘IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR………….. I WOULD NOT BE WHERE I AM AT TODAY’; ‘IF IT NOT BEEN FOR ……….. I WOULD NOT BE ALIVE TODAY’; ‘IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR ……. I WOULD NOT EVEN BE AROUND’! If you can fill the blank in…then you know what it means to be a ‘SIMON’
F. B & S…. let me warn you…there are 2 sides to being a SIMON…. There was a time when HE send SOMEONE TO YOU… and then there was, is and will be a time… that HE will send YOU … TO SOMEONE ELSE… !!! Think about it…how many times…has someone in the family called you to help with a parent, grandparent, brother, sister, in-laws…and you ask yourself…AM I THE ONLY SIBLING IN THIS FAMILY…. I HAVE OTHER BROTHERS AND SISTERS…BUT I GET THE CALL… WHY??? BECAUSE SIMON…you have been given the gift…the drive, the motor, the understanding, the knowledge to solve problems… the Good Lord GAVE YOU THAT GIFT… are you … not… going to help carrying that cross!!! Are you …going … to… bury that GIFT!!!!?? YOU WERE CALLED BECAUSE YOU CAN CARRY THE CROSS…. SIMON!!!
what about when WORK calls…and they always call you….as if you are the only one who is employed…you home number is the only one they have for emergencies… and the backup number is your cell number….you were called SIMON because you can carry the cross… You have the base knowledge, you solve problems, you make things happen… the GOOD LORD…GAVE YOU THAT GIFT… are you …not going to help carry that cross!!! Are you… going… to… bury that GIFT!!!???
What about when a FRIEND OR BUDDY calls depressed… it is the same story…. Over and over again… but they are out for the count…they have no one to talk too…and you are exhausted… your own crosses are beating you to death…and if by clue, you are called right at the kickoff, the show just came on… the movie is about to start… but YOU MUST take the call and try as you can to …. You were called SIMON… because you have the insight, the drive, the patience, the love of neighbor… (COMMANDMENT)… Are you … NOT going to help carry that cross???!!!
G. B & S… it’s important that YOU understand… the Good Lord was quite clear… it was a COMMANDMENT…love one another as I loved you!!! It was not a suggestion, a sticky note, or theory… it was a COMMANDMENT!!!
H. B & S… I leave you with this… “There is no better way to Thank God for your sight, than by giving a helping hand to a person in the dark!”
Amen!!

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