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Matthew 2:1-12 (as built; #288; 2-7-18; Amite)
  1. “Lesson” (passed on a lesson about life….)
  2. …. The year is 1960…and his name is Vogel… he is 1-4 children… 3 sisters… his mom is a dancer ( in a good way…) and his dad is actually a movie actor… he was the deputy sheriff in Bonanza… he played a part in the Magnificent Seven… and he told his son, a very valuable LESSON… always have a plan B… I too thought I would play professional baseball… but things happen and good thing I had a PLAN B… or we would not be surviving this day… but you know Vogel… he is in high school… and he is an excellent ball player… scholarships, etc… and his dad told Vogel… if there is one LESSON to learn… you must have a plan B… so he decided to get Vogel in some movies, tv shows…just in case… and as a youngster, he was in Gunsmoke, the Virginian, Daniel Boone…and in the 70’s Vogel became the poster child for Disney… he even played the jungle boy on Gilligan’s island… but then baseball kept calling… and off he went to the double A affiliate of the Anaheim Angels… well, in turning a double play…. Vogel is playing second base… he is taken out…and tears his rotator cup… he is DONE!! Thank goodness for PLAN B… what a Great LESSON his dad teaches him… he gets a part playing Elvis on tv… then the movie, Escape from new York… he plays a guy named Snake… and then the world opens up….Vogel gets a part in the remake of Position Adventure, Executive Decision, Tango and Cash… Guardians of the Galaxy… overboard with his partner Goldie Hawn… and then his best movie, he plays Wyatt Earp in Tombstone!!! Yes you know Vogel, as Kurt Vogel Russel…. !!! Vogel… Kurt would tell you two things about himself… one, if it wasn’t for vhs cassettes he would not have a movie career…and thanks to his dad’s LESSON… he is in a better place today than he could have even imagined!!!
  3. THE GOSPEL IS ALL ABOUT… LESSONS, LEARNED… the Wise Men, albeit 2000 years ago… taught you and I , a very GOOD LESSON… they traveled over a year, to a year in a half… left family… brought their prized possessions… put their life on hold… to WORSHIP THE NEW BORN KING… nothing in their life, comes close… !!!!
  4. Now if you are a first century jew…you know all about King Herod… you know that he is really not Jewish, but a Edomite… a follower of Esau… that he would like to pull a fast one, and be the ‘king of the Jews’… even taking the title of such… even built the Jewish people a beautiful temple… but when push comes to shove…he is NOT A JEW… he is diabolical at best… he has no problems, killing, butchering…. Stealing…. He killed his favorite wife, a few of his sons… and on the day before he died…he issued the decree to poison his staff, his cabinet if you will… so that when they are all buried together people will be crying at his funeral too!! As a matter of fact… Caesar, made the statement… “that a person would be better off, being Herod’s pig than his family”!!! Now being a jew, to say better off than a pig is something in and of itself, much less…taking their lives!!! So you can see why Herod is so upset when he hears the words NEW BORN KING… the KING OF THE JEWS… this upstart is after my throne!!!  And remember, Herod can read scripture too… he knows that according to the book of numbers… Edom will be disposed of…. He is the ‘Edom’ that scripture is referring to… hence, why Herod kills every child under two… because he knows how long it took the wise men to make it this far….additionally, the same reason the star disappears while in Jerusalem…so as to NOT alert Herod to the whereabouts of  the Christ child…
  5. …. Also, let me introduce the Magi….The Gospel today is just about that….  A JOURNEY! Journeying toward Christ! Just like these 3 men here… the 3 Wise Men…  Malicoir, Balthazar and Gaspar…. Malicoir, the oldest, was from Media w/ Myrrh… Balthazar, (dark skinned) was from Parthia and he brought the Incense… and the youngest was Gaspar, (lt brown) from Mesopotamia who brought the Gold! ACCORDING TO TRADITION… they traveled about 1000 miles…it took about 2-12 months to travel… they did not speak the same language and they came from different areas and met on the way… and IF THIS IS NOT BAD ENOUGH… they were following a STAR!!! Not an Angel, speaking to them… but a STAR! One that moves, disappears, reappears…etc… HOW MANY OF US COULD HAVE PULLED THAT OFF… take your family, friends, etc…pick up your belongings and follow a STAR!! Once the Wise men get to Jerusalem…the STAR DISAPPEARS… (because if Herod sees it… he will find the Christ child; so he and the people in the City must have been blocked…hence, why would have the Wise Men stopped and talked with Herod…Herod was and is, a butcher…a murderer! You would not have risked it!) And then the STAR reappears after they leave…and finally settles on a house of something less than desirable!
  6. … THROUGHOUT SCRIPTURE…. People have been teaching you and I wonderful, LESSONS…. And from our greatest players… MM, taught us the LESSON… that our past has nothing on us…never did, never will… Veronica taught us the LESSON…that no matter how small the gift… her veil… the DESIRE TO PLEASE HIM, DOES PLEASE HIM…. John the Baptist taught us the LESSON, cloths don’t make the man….  Judas even taught us…. The LESSON… that is never too late to say, IM SORRY!!!!
  7. Well, here we sit some 2000 years later… what LESSONS have we passed on to our children, our family, co workers, friends and even yes, our enemies…?!?!? Have we taught the LESSON… about being angry, that it does nothing more than cause even more anger, not to mention…. Leads to other sins… have we taught family, friends, etc…that cursing, is a lack of discipline… and even smaller mind… have we taught others the LESSON that we have to win every fight… its all about being right…. Have we taught our children the LESSON of money is everything….  B & S…. what the issue of our FAITH… OUR CATHOLIC FAITH… have we passed the LESSON on to our coworkers, spouse, family, friends, etc… that our CATHOLIC IS THE ONLY ISSUE… THAT MAKING HEAVEN IS OUR ONLY GOAL… that the Sacraments are essential to making Heaven… do we teach the LESSON… THAT we must commit the big 10 to memory…. It keeps us from Heaven… why cant we learn THAT LESSON!!!! Will you teach the LESSON OF OUR CATHOLIC FAITH… no more excuses that the Church didn’t teach me… I went to 12 years of catholic education and no nothing…. Could you said, ya feel better…NOW FIX IT!!! Bring you bibles to Mass…. Study HIM.. it will change you life…it will save your SOUL!!!!
  8. I LEAVE YOU WITH THE WORDS OF … Tom Bodett… the light is on for ya, guy! …. “In School, you will be taught A LESSON, then be tested… In Life, you will be TESTED and then taught a LESSON…”!! Teach everyone you meet our Catholic Faith… it’s the best LESSON, it’s the only LESSON!!!!

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