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Mark 9:2-10 (As built; Amite, # 294)

A. “Tongue” … Tongue…… as in your mouth… as in it sometimes it gets us in trouble!!!
B. My brothers and sisters in Christ, the year is about 1950… His name is Philip…. Philip lives in the UK, now he is the only child. His parents…. Well they were bakers now they didn’t make a whole lot… but…. You make ends meet… they were still none the less a content family. But if you were to ask Philip back in the day…. grammar school…. high School… tell me something about yourself…. Describe yourself… He said… well…I would tell you… Well I was a social recluse… I was extremely introverted… to the point that I was panicked stricken around people…. THAT’S AMAZING!!!…. AMAZING considering the actor who he is!! As a result…he says…Man, I just rather be left alone…. You know it’s like it’s just like anything else… it’s my nature…I don’t want to be around people…. Too many people… to much attention… it’s too much distraction… I just … I just become the quintessential introvert… he even later says it’s disordered…. It’s so bad that it’s a disorder…. You know by the time he finishes high school he decides he would try college… but he has to go work in the army because …. that’s how it is in the U.K. When he gets out he meets someone by the name of Burt Lancaster. ALL OF A SUDDEN HIS LIFE CHANGES!!…. Burt Lancaster befriends him and says…..Look you need to try out… just for this play just once … Just just…. try it…. you can try it you can be whoever you want to be!!! Which for an introvert may work… man the name of the show on Broadway was called, Give Me A Cigarette… it actually did pretty well and man I gotta tell you Phillip begins to feel it…. As a matter of fact… Burt Lancaster befriends him so much and says…. Man I gotta get you in the movies. You’re just that good!!.... He gets him in movies like, A Bridge To Far…. Elephant Man….. A Change of Seasons…. The Mask of Zorro…. Man, Brothers and Sisters in Christ, he is in, Red one and Red two!!!.... BUT YOU KNOW WHAT IS AMAZING!! …. You only know him as Hannibal Lecter!!!! Aha Yes, My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, man talk about a guy of few words….You know what is amazing, My Brothers and Sisters in Christ…. Anthony Phillip Hopkins would tell you…. When they asked him in an interview… How introverted are you?.... He says…. Man, I will spend my vacations driving across the country in my old beat up car and I’ll just stop in different cities and I’ll visit with people cause they don’t really recognize me but when they do, I need to leave…. He said…..It’s too crowded. He said….. I love anonymity!!! Man, my Brothers and Sisters in Christ, the news reporter asked him….. So tell me, so If you had a chance to meet Hannibal Lecter, would you meet him? He said….. Oh absolutely!!! Would you speak with him? He would say….. Yes! He said…..BUT I WON’T EAT WITH HIM!!! Aha, go figure, My Brothers and Sisters in Christ!!!! You know what’s amazing…. Brothers and Sisters in Christ….. When they interviewed all the producers of Anthony Hopkins…. They all tell you one thing…. He does every line….. EVERY LINE…. Two hundred times….. and he says because he’s has learned that LESS IS MORE….. and if he can control his tongue… then he would be a better actor!!! And Look at the fruits of today!!! MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHIRST…. IT IS ALL ABOUT THE TONGUE!!!
C. THAT…. IS EXACTLY THAT GOSPEL!!!.... My Brothers and Sisters in Christ….. the words to Peter, James, and John walking down …..TELL NO ONE OF WHAT HAS JUST TRANSPIRED!!! Think about what He’s telling you…. YOU JUST SEEN MOSES AND ELIJAH…. YOU HAVE JUST SEEN THE GOOD LORD TRANSFORM!!!!..... You would actually HEAR GOD THE FATHER SPEAK!!!..... Man my Brothers and Sisters in Christ…. You know why he’s telling Peter… You better stick to your guns and CLOSE THAT MOUTH ?..... Because if you run down right now and tell people…. You just saw the Good Lord become DIVINE!!!!! AND while you were up there you were talking to MOSES AND ELIJAH and if that aint good enough ….. a cloud came over and I HEARD GOD THE FATHER SPEAK!!! Where do you think they are gonna do to Peter??? THAT IS EXACTLY THE POINT….. HE SAYS….. YOU WAIT UNTIL I RESURECT…. and THEN you pitch this! Man, He is saying….. WATCH YOUR TONGUE UNTIL THE TIME IS APPROPRATE!!! MORE OVER….. IF YOU ARE A FIRST CENTURY JEW….. let me tell you how significant this is …… if you’re a JEW and you’re climbing UP a Mountain…. That is significant… Man you go all the way back to Abraham on Mount Moriah… Man, you can go up to Moses and the Ten Commandments…. Every time you go up a mountain…. That is significant to a Jew…. MORE OVER….. if you are a Jew after the Resurrection and you hear that the people that he met with was Moses and Elijah….as a first century Jew your first thought is …… Wait a minute…. THOSE WERE THE ONLY TWO GUYS THAT EVER SPOKE DIRECTLY TO GOD!!! So for them to be talking to Christ….there must be something there!!!..... Man, my Brothers and Sisters in Christ….. you ever ask yourself why did he choose Peter, James, and John?? You know they’re the only Apostles that had different names….. Peter was named … was named… had his named changed from Simon to Peter…. James and John were called the Sons of Thunder!!!...... This is how the Church has a hierarchy!!!! My Brothers and Sisters in Christ….. If you’re a first century Jew…. YOU UNDERSTND ALL TO WELL WHAT JUST TOOK PLACE!!!! …. THE PROBLEM IS…… DO YOU BEIEVE IT??
D. My Brothers and Sisters in Christ… I tell you… for two thousand years we have had some great orators in our world…. We have had some speakers that are second to none!! Some of the words that have come out their mouths and off their tongue …. are….. just it’s UNBELIEVIABLE!! Man can you image …… You’re at Independence Hall signing the Declaration of Independence and who better stands up…. Than Ben Franklin…. Man, they are starting to wonder if they should sign it…. They are starting to wonder if it their name is on it as a death wish if they sign that thing…. He gets up before they get started and tells them….. GENTELMEN IF WE DON’T HANG TOGETHER…. WE WILL SURLY HANG SEPERATLY!! And that’s what started the signing of the Declaration of Independence….. You’ve heard Kennedy speak back in the day…. You know that age old parable that seems to get passed along…. It’s not so much what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country… BOY HOW APPROPRATE AT THE TIMES? You know what’s amazing Brothers and Sisters in Christ there’s always somebody stepping up and saying something…. For Example…. My Brothers and Sisters in Christ….. Take my boy Paton…. Man we’re in the HEIGHT of the War with Germany in WWII and he’s trying to get recruits in … He’s trying to get them and explain something…. They’re not listening…. And finally….. Paton steps up….. and I’m talking to THOUSANDS of Soldiers… BROTHERS…. HE TELLS THEM…. YOU DON’T WIN THE WAR BY DIYING FOR YOUR COUNTRY….. YOU WIN THE WAR BY HAVING THE OTHER SOB DIE FOR HIS!!! …. That’s just a quote…. Brothers and Sisters in Christ…. I’M JUST quoting….
E. Now you know Brothers and Sisters in Christ…. For every one person that makes a statement…. There’s always one that wishes he had never made the statement…. We’ve been there…. Man no sooner that the words left your mouth and your tongue…. Man they just come back to bite you…. Remember a few years ago…. The NEW ORLEANS SAINTS are in the SUPER BOWL…. Tell me that’s not divine!!! They are playing the INDIANAPOLIS COLTS and PAYTON MANNING… THE INTERVIEW BEFORE THE GAME…. Payton…. What’s it like being a New Orleans boy… he said…. Man I LOVE NEW ORLEANS…. He said… my dad was the quintessential quarterback for the New Orleans Saints… He said… Man…. It was a dream come true…. He said…. You know… When I was little… I used to pretend that I was in the Super bowl and I threw the winning touchdown for the New Orleans Saints!!! AND LO AND BEHOLD… HE DOES AND THE SAINTS WIN THE SUPER BOWL AND WE THANK HIM FOR THAT!!!
F. My brothers and sisters in Christ…. Here we sit…. Two thousands years later…. And you know what is amazing…. Every once in a while you run across a guy like Abraham Lincoln… his words seem to transcend the ages!! Somebody came up to him and said…. Mr. President we got these gentlemen that went AWOL … and he said…. I need you to know…. According to the law we’re supposed to execute them…. Only out of the words of Lincoln…. RIGHT?… he said… you know I’ve always found a man six feet above ground can do more than six feet below…. And when they asked adversity… He said…. You want to know the true mark of a man or a woman…. Don’t give them adversity…. GIVE THEM POWER…. And then on the last few days of his presidency he made the statement….. It is better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt…. Well now here you and I sit…… My brothers and sisters in Christ….. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE OUR TONGUES GOTTEN US INTO TROUBLE??? My brothers and sisters in Christ…. I’M TELLING YALL IT IS RAMPENT IN OUR SOCIETY!!! We GOSSIP… WE COMPLAIN…. WE CURSE…. WE JUDGE…. WE THINK NOTHING ABOUT IT!!! Somebody can come up and tell you and I…. Man… Whatever you do… this is between you and I….. don’t tell anybody…. First of all …. They have already told 10 people before they got to you…. And now all of a sudden we’re going to pass it on…. We ain’t ten seconds outside that conversation…Don’t tell nobody… pretty soon the whole town…not that nobody tells nobody but…they all know…. My brothers and sisters in Christ….that’s the problem…. WE ARE SO QUICK TO JUDGE…. WE ARE SO QUICK TO CONDEMN… WE JUDGE …. WE CURSE… WE GOSSIP… brothers and sisters in Christ ….. I’m telling you …. When you set and listen to Confessions for HOURS ON END…. THERE ARE CROSSES BEHIND EVERY DOOR!!! Mine included…. And there are crosses that none of us want anything to do with… but yet we’ll drive down the road and we’ll pass judgement like there’s no problem….we’ll tell the Good Lord…. STEP ASIDE, LORD….I’VE GOT THIS!!! I KNOW THOSE PEOPLE…. I KNOW HOW IT WORKS….I KNOW IT ALL!!! And we know absolutely nothing of their cross!!.... If you and I would hear their crosses… Like I hear them… You would bow your head and thank GOD in Heaven that YOUR not carrying the cross!! Brothers and Sisters in Christ how many times have you gotten in an argument with your spouse and gone to work and spewed the venom at work about your other half but yet you never go back and tell them ya’ll made amends….. so now they have only see your spouse IN THE LIGHT WHICH WE’VE PAINTED THEM!!! Or how many time have we gone home and spewed the venom about people at work and didn’t bother going back to correct it when it was corrected? How many times, brothers and sisters in Christ, have you written an email or text message and you’ve judged somebody or condemned them…. And I gotta tell you we were UNMERCIFUL!! Please remember the 8th Commandment… To Bear False Witness…. YES IT MEANS NOT TO LIE…. That is true… in a Court of law…. You swear…To tell the WHOLE Truth, and NOTHING by the Truth So help you God…..which is the oldest lie in the book….but now all of a sudden it is a little more than that…. Even if it’s the truth…. NOBODY told you to be the town Crier!! My bothers and sisters in Christ…. He said love your neighbor… bearing false witness means you are not being a true witness to Jesus Christ…. YOU’RE NOT LOVING YOUR NEIGHBOR CAUSE YOU ARE CONDEMNING THEM AND JUDGING THEM….. BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST…. IF YOU MAKE AN EMAIL AND SEND IT OUT AGAINST SOMEBODY ELSE…IT’S THE SIN OF DETRACTION!!! IT’S IN THE CATHISM ….. IT’S MORTAL…. YOU SENT ONE EMAIL….AND IT COST YOU THE EUCHARIST FOR A WEEKEND!!! THAT’S HOW POWERFUL THAT STATEMENT IS!!! My brothers and sisters in Christ …. We are too quick to judge and condemn!! How many times….. I’m BEGGING YOU…. The next time you get caught up in a conversation and somebody starts to gossip…. For the LOVE OF GOD…. WALK AWAY!! When somebody starts to curse somebody up side one side and down the other…. JUST WALK….JUST GO!! NOBODY IS HOLDING YOUR FEET TO THE FIRE!! MAN DO YOU HAVE TO WIN EVERY ARGUMENT? BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST…. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS… THERE IS ONLY ONE PERSON KEEPING SCORE!!! THERE IS ONLY ONE PERSON KEEPING SCORE!!! AND IT’S NOT WHO YOU THINK IT IS…. IT’S OUR SAVIOR!!! So it is immaterial what they think of you….My brothers and sisters in Christ… I’m telling you….When somebody says… Man you know what I heard….. No thank you, I’ll pray for them….. Well you know what I think of so and so……Pray for them…. Brothers and Sisters in Christ…. I’m telling you we have become a country where …. and a city where we do nothing … man we spread venom like there is no tomorrow….We don’t even know half the crosses they carry…. I’m BEGGING you….. WALK AWAY from it as quick as you can…. Don’t get caught up in the cursing…. or the judging…. Or the complaining.. it is incessant …. Brothers and Sisters in Christ …. and it’s sinful!!!
G. My Brothers and Sisters in Christ….I’ll leave you with this… WHEN YOU GO TO LUNCH TODAY… FOR THE ENTIRE HOUR THAT YOU’RE HAVING LUNCH…. That’s right…THE WHOLE ENCHILADA….THE WHOLE HOUR….YOU CAN’T JUDGE….COMPLAIN…CURSE….OR DEFAME…ANYONE!!! Have a GREAT lunch!
H. Amen!!

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