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John 1:35-42 (As built #289; Amite, 1-13-18)
  1. “Introduce” (to introduce someone; to be introduced….
    1. Its the early 1900’s…. small town England… college town… I really don’t blame them…I would have done it too… they wanted to be the FIRST… the world does not have one…truth be told, it needs one… and who better….they wanted a book named after their city… a special book…and WHY NOT??? They were a small town in England…very intellectual (point to brain…) a college town…well, they would say a town with a university! So the City fathers…got together to see what could be down about getting this book named after their town…I mean, the truth be told…this small town in England had produced a large number of authors…so they, the City Fathers had decided to visit with Mr. MacMillan…and for those who do not know…he was one of the largest book distributors in Europe…you want to know something about books… making, selling, marketing, distributing, printing, licensing, copyrights…you name it, this guy new about it… So they told him their idea…. We want to publish a Dictionary; the world’s first…and put our cities name on it…. Mr. MacMillan responds…well, I had heard about this…it is a great idea, the guy you need…I need to INTRODUCE you to …is Dr. Murray…. He is the head of the Philological Society for all England(the study of words…)…they approached him and he agreed provided…that he could have one assoc…someone of his choosing…  they agreed, so he did interviews, looked at resumes…then one day, he receives a letter…. It was unbelievable…. Page, after page….after page of words, followed by definitions, pronunciations, descriptions… it was excellent! He had found his asst….Dr. Minor! For the next 1-2 years they corresponded by mail… over 1000 letters…and can I tell you …. They put together one impressive Dictionary…and the townspeople were elated…. They were so excited about the Dictionary and putting their name on it…they decided to have a Big Promotion, a Coming out Party… in their town of….OXFORD ENGLAND…YES B &S, the Oxford Dictionary….long before Webster ever came into the game… Dr. Murray said he could make it…but Dr. Minor…well….he responded … in letter… that he might be detained! Well Dr Murray goes…and it is a Big Hit…. People from all over come…he accepts the accolades for Dr Minor as well.. and when it ended…. Dr Murray, thought…that being that I am here… I might as well make the trip to go INTRODUCE myself to Dr Minor… according to his letters he lives in Broadmoor England…so he gets in his car…travels down to Broadmoor… all the while checking the envelopes for the address…(pretend to look at the letters/envelopes…)…he finally arrives at the destination…. He ….he…. can’t believe it! It can’t be…he looks at the address…checks the envelope again… looks back up…. Reads the name on the Building….Broadmoor Aslyum for the Criminally Insane… then it hits him…HE FINALLY RECOGNIZED THE NAME… and is INRODUCED TO … minor…dr minor…’oh my god…. It is him… yes, dr minor was an inmate/resident OF THE Broadmoor Criminally Insane …because he was England’s Greatest Mass Murder of the day….a true Mad dog killer…and now… co-author of one of the world’s first dictionary…THE OXFORD DICTIONARY….!!!
    1. THAT’S THE GOSPEL…. John the Baptist makes it Simple, yet PROFOUND INTRODUCTION… “Behold, THE LAMB OF GOD”!! Immediately… two disciples of John…FOLLOW CHRIST… not just falling in line…. Falling in Line so as to REMAIN FOLLOWERS…
    1. … now remember, for a first century Jew…this is how things would have looked to them… first John the Baptist was the, THE proclaimer of Christ…but he too had followers, disciples if you will… the disciples were Andrew, who is the brother of Peter and the other disciples is probably John…. Its his Gospel we are reading from, so who better to speak of such a happening… additionally, John rarely speaks about himself…always preferring to keep a low profile…hence, in Scripture, he tries to write in third person, if you will… the disciple Jesus Loved and not calling out his own name… with this being said… ADDITIONALLY, when JB makes the proclamation… THE LAMB… any first century Jew worth his salt… would have recognized that ‘name’… ‘title’… when Abraham brought his only son, Issac to the mountain to be sacrificed… the same mountain range Christ will some 2000 years later be SACRFICED… as “THE LAMB”… and when Issac asked where is ‘the sacrifice’… Abraham replies, God will provide, THE LAMB… than name would have, or should have sent shock waves through anyone, and everyone….. the Apostles to be, not only FOLLOW, but stay the day… they actually, REMAIN… (meno in greek)… and now Andrew INTRODUCES his brother, Peter to Christ… who renames him, Cephas (Greek/Kephas/Boulder, Massive Boulder…)…  don’t let anyone confuse you about who is THE ROCK, when quoting Matthew’s gospel about the keys, etc… you only need to read Johns Gospel to KNOW… THE ROCK IS PETER… as you heard today… the keys will come to Peter soon enough!!!
    1. SCRIPTURE HAS SEVERAL VERY PROFOUND INTRODUCTIONS…. Mary, the Holy Mother INTRODUCES her son, as the Messiah…at the wedding of Cana… the New Adam, she being introduced as the ‘Woman’, the New Eve…. MM INTRODUCES… Peter and John to the Resurrection…. John the Baptist is INTRODUCED TO CHIRST AT HIS BAPTISM IN THE WOUND… Longinus, INTROUDCES his solders and those at the Crucfixion… to truly, this was … THE SON OF GOD!!!
    1. Yet for everyone who does Introduce Christ…there are those who simply missed …not just a life time INTRODUCTION…. But an ETERNAL INTRODUCTION… Pilate, Herod, Judas….
    1. Well here we sit some 2000 years later…. How are we at INTRODUCING CHRIST TO OTHERS…. HIS Church, HIS Mother… Prayer…. Well lets see… the next time we see someone in need… or they ask us to stop and talk with them… visit with them… help them out…. Before we leave will we PRAY with them… USING THE SIGN OF THE CROSS… INTRODUCING them to the TRIUNE GOD… INTRODUCING THEM TO CHRIST… HIS MOTHER… THE CATHOLIC CHURCH… in one prayer….you can DO ALL THESE THINGS… in what, 45 seconds…whattttttttt, an INTRO!!!! This way, when you walk away and tell them you will continue to pray for them… THEY WILL NOT BELIEVE YOU… whereas before, we would tell people we would pray for them…and it was just another… ‘we will call ya’…. ‘lets grab lunch’… NOW they will have been INTRODUCED TO CHRIST,  and as such… will forever remember this…and maybe…JUST MAYBE… pass this on to the next person.. INTRODUCE the next person to Christ, His Church, His Mother…will you give them a medal… maybe the one you are wearing… now, when they go home…they will show it to others… INTRODUCING them to Christ all on their own…maybe they too will become, FOLLOWERS OF THE MESSIAH…. What if you bought them a Statue… brought them to your House…where they will see a Statue… pray the rosary… INTRODUCE THEM TO HIS MOTHER… maybe drop a book off to them…bring them to Mass… to our campus!!!
    1. The bottom line is this…if you make no new friends in Christ… ie, Introduce them to Christ…. Then if you are standing at a gate…and you recognize no one…you are at the wrong gate… for ALL ETERNITY!!!
    1. I LEAVE YOU WITH THIS…. If you work hard, preserve in your prayers… you will no longer have to INTRODUCE YOURSELF !!!
    1. Amen!!!

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