2017 Homilies (Written)

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Mark 1:29, 39 (As built; 2-4-18; #291, Amite)
    1. First things, First….
    2. The years 1960… his name is William…He’ born in Duncan, Oklahoma…He has one younger brother…Who for the record…Is in almost every one of Williams movies…Williams parents are both actors…Actually his dad is a director and an actor…So in order to make ends meet…they had to move to Burbank, California…To be near Desilu Studios…this would help William as well, especially when time came for HS! And for the record, William will go down as one of the top 100 Kid Stars of our time… and William will tell you this for sure…. THE FIRST THING, FIRST… I must have mom/dad on site at each shooting… you just never know what a producer will ask you…and you better have mom/dad nearby!!! To this day, William will do the same for his kids… FIRST THINGS, FIRST!!! Well, like all child actors William took what he could… first was the movie, Journey…. Them the Many Loves of Dobie Gillis… the Movie Man, … the 11th hour… well, truth be told, William struggled a little… till John Wayne stepped up, in the movie the Shootist… which lead to American Graffiti… which led to Night Shift which was really funny!! (With Henry Winkler…)… but what really put William on the charts… was a sitcom… back in the 50/60’s … where he played, Richie C!!! Yes, brothers and Sisters … it opened the door… and like his dad, William will tell you… I acted, just so I could direct!!! And some of the best movies of all times was directed by William… Splash, Cocoon, Apollo 13, Cinderella Man, a Beautiful Mind… the Dark Tower!! You know William, but you probably member by his tv name… from Mayberry, Opie… or as Ron William “opie’ Howard!!!
    3. Today’s GOSPEL is all about, FIRST THINGS, FIRST!!! Isnt it, something… that after the Good Lord cures all these diseases… blind see, the lame walk… and ever performs exorcisms… the FIRST THING HE DOES … in the morning before sunrise… is HE goes off to pray!!! So much so… that even the apostles go off to look for HIM… now remember, if you are a first century Jew… somethings need to brought into play… first, remember, Mark is not an apostle… he is a follower of Peter and Paul… moreover… he is a writer who is only interested in the facts… Mark is speaking to gentiles…who do not know nor follow a lot of Jewish tradition…so he is trying to speak to them on their level… about all the miracles… all the time… and all types!!!Secondly, that the Good Lord cures all, ALL ISSUES… even the ones not as big as leprosy… or death…or even demons… even if the person has a small fever… REMEMBER this… if its important to you, it is equally important to HIM… NOTHING is too small to ask of HIM… so when asked about removing the fever… SO BE IT!! HE touched the mother in law of peter…and it leaves her, immediately!!!
    4. Please remember this as well… If you ever begin to wonder… ‘is the Eucharist true’… you begin to have doubts… begin to back up on your faith….You just don’t know what to believe anymore… please recall, that back in the Day of Christ… the only ‘people’ to know JESUS, to know who HE IS… THE MESSIAH, THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD, THE GREAT I AM…. besides Mary and Joseph, maybe the Baptist… was, the demons!!! Think for a second… every time they met Christ… Christ would have to silence them… because they would expose the truth of who HE IS… and as such, this would impact our free will!!! Think for a second… if anyone should know, who Christ is… it would be Lucifer and his minions… the Pharisees and Sadducees had nare a clue… the apostles were not really sure at the get go… yet the demons did!!! So it would be up to YOUR FREE WILL to determine if Christ IS, who he says,HE IS…. Sooooo, if you begin to have doubts about the Eucharist… remember this… that satanic worshipers… if you were to ask them, or simply watch what they go after…they are only interested in stealing the ‘bread/eucharist’ from the Catholic Church… not any other one… why??!?!?!?!.... because they know, who and where Christ is….still today!!!!
    5. …now THROUGHOUT SCRIPTURE… people fall roughly into three groups…. Those who make prayer, A FIRST THINGS FIRST issue… the next group, makes prayer an issue after trouble starts…and the last group, well….. They pray after the carnage takes place!!! They see GOD as the great lotto king… I will pray to you after I realize it’s going to take a miracle!!!! In the first group… FIRST THINGS FIRST… that would be like MM, the one who gets up early, on Easter Sunday… and goes to the tomb, before anyone else … she would rather be with a ‘ dead savior’, than live people…and because it’s a priority to her… FIRST THINGS FIRST… she is the FIRST to see the risen Christ!!!! What about the apostles, Andrew and John…who hear and see John the Baptist point to Christ and say, there goes the LAMB OF GOD… immediately they follow HIM… so much so, they convince their brothers to follow HIM… immediately… again so much so, they leave their nets, mending them, fishing with them…. Even leave their dad in the boat… because FIRST THINGS FIRST, THEY MUST FOLLOW HIM!!!! Those are FIRST THINGS FIRST people…. The second group,well… who prays after trouble is started… that would like Peter in the boat… when the storm first starts…well, I can handle this…heck, Im a big time fisherman…he is a ‘carpenter’…. But no sooner than the storm starts…that he realizes he and the other Apostles are trouble….and the Good Lord rebukes the wind!!! Well, hang on a second… if the wind is innate… why ‘rebuke’ it?!!?... well, Christ does, because there must have been something demonic about it… that was intrinsic in the wind… this is why Christ, ‘rebukes’ the demons!!!! The evil one is truly present…. The same true of the wind!!! …. Lastly is the group that prays after the carnage take place… that would be saul/paul… it takes three days of blindness to get him to turn his head… three days!!! Think about being blind for just an hour …or two… yet, three days he was blinded…. What about Zechariah… the father of JB… and you know what is amazing… that when Mary travels to see Elizabeth, who is pregnant with JB…. And also the home of the high priest, Zechariah… the baby jumps in the womb… (JB; which is also his baptism…)…and Elizabeth… says, how can this be, that the Mother of our Lord has come to me… they get that God is truly present…but the dad, Zechariah… for several months never gets this…so much so, he is muted for the same few months…but once he does get it… he can now speak the name of his son, John…. The Baptist!!!
    6. Well, here we sit some 2000 years later…. What category does well fall into… DO WE PRAY, FIRST AND FOREMOST… each and every day before the sun rises….???!!! Do we pray, only after trouble starts… or do we wait even LONGER… till the dead bodies begin to stack up?!?!?! When you wake in the morning…FIRST AND FOREMOST… pray before your feet touch the group… orrrr… will you turn on the tv!!!??? That s just wonderful way to start the day… with bad news!!! I mean cant ya wait till later… I’m sure the news will get better… NOT!!! Will you jump into your emails or text messages… now that is truly a bad way to start the day…. Maybe you would rather eat first…and then possibly begin to pray…. Or maybe, you will need coffee first!!!! Actually, that’s not a bad idea….:)!!! But after that cup of coffee, you find a room, that’s quiet, out of the way… but conducive to speaking/ praying to our Savior!!!! ….. orrrrrr What about waiting till you get into the car on the way to work…or run errands… well, that sounds like praying once trouble starts!!!!!Or worse, maybe you will wait to the carnage is complete…??!!...
    7. B & S…. how many times do we wait until the last minute to pray… or what about when we take a test… we pray right before… we skipped studying… and now were are pitching to the great lotto god to step in… I remember once, a friend of mine…didn’t study….. And for every answer…he wrote… God Knows!!! The teacher graded the paper in this way, with bold letters on top… GOD GETS 100… YOU GET… 0!!!How many times do we wait till we get to work…now that’s truly a BAD IDEA… really?!?!? Wait till you get to the luv fest…. Before you start praying!!!/????… Will you wait so late…that you allow first to get in a family argument, that is taking no prisoners before you start to pray?????
    8. My friends, in Christ… we need to pray before the day starts… FIRST THINGS FIRST!!!!!!! Remember, this… we only have one, ONE JOB… and that is to get to HEAVEN, PERIOD!!!!!!We come in on one day, we leave on another… period, end of story…no negotiations are needed…the day we return home is … SET!!!!! Our degrees will mean NOTHING… our awards, even less… our financial status…well, that’s a joke… our golf clubs, car, clothes, shoes, hunting gear, workout cloths… all given to that niece or nephew that is going to throw it out, tear it up, let it rust… anything and everything you and I would not do… as such, if we only have ONE JOB… and that is TO MAKE HEAVEN…. then FIRST THINGS FIRST, FROM now on…. We PRAY RIGHT OUT THE GATES… imagine, if you and I prayed, one prayer…just one… no matter how small… every morning… one before each meal… and then one right before our head hits the pillow… that’s 5 each day…!!!!!! Do anything five times a day and see how much better you are at anything… especially LIFE!!!! Remember too, that there is no sadness in heaven… as such, if you and I don’t do FIRST THINGS FIRST …here on earth… if we don’t make it…our families in heaven will not know if we are not there…not our spouse, children, parents, grandparents… PERIOD!!! They will have no memory of us… for we can’t be sad in HEAVEN… therefore, FIRST THINGS, FIRST!!!!
    9. I leave you with this… a gentlemen by the name of Cohen… once said, it’s NOT so much about prioritizing your schedule; as it is about scheduling your priorities!!!
    10. FIRST THINGS, FIRST….
    11. Amen!!!

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