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Mark 14:1-15:47 (AS BUILT; AMITE, 3-25-2018, #298)
A. Thank you…thank you…

B. The year is 1980-82…His name is Jay…Jay grew up in Newport, New Jersey…His parents are Jewish…his mom is a nurse…his dad is an accountant…And if you were to ask Jay about his grammar school…he’d tell you…well it was grammar school…If you’d ask him about high school…he’d say well…it was a different story…I am not an athlete…I’m not intelligent… I’m not a book worm…He said to be honest with you…I’m kind of a loner…and it didn’t bode well…Then one day they asked me would I like to be part of the drama team…Now I don’t know if they asked me because they didn’t have enough people…or they just thought I had a talent…Be that as it may…he was in two shows…in high school…One was called The Odd Couple…the other Oliver…He loved it…So when he goes to college…to Boston U…he tells them…he’s going into acting…After his first class the teacher pulls him a side and says…look…you may have the heart of Hamlet…you might even have the soul of Hamlet…but what you don’t have…is the body of Hamlet…You need to do something else…He decides that from that point forward being that he’s not imposing by any stretch of the imagination…Jay decides that he’s gonna be a magician…that last for about a month…Then he decides he wants to be a comedian…there’s the next month…Then he decides well man somethings got to work…It’s a miracle of miracles…He gets a part in a Broadway Musical called Bound to Broadway…Brothers and sisters in Christ…you know this guy Jay…but what you don’t know…is that he is a tremendous singer…and dancer…I’m telling yall…I can tell by the look on your face…it’s not who you think it is…Man my brothers and sisters in Christ…he’s just that good…he’s so good… a tv series starts picking him up and using him for voice overs…So he did like the show about dinosaurs…They used him to do another one called Dilbert…and then they did another one called Duckman…And then all of a sudden man he gets his first break in television called The Producers…And man he did it with Martin Short…and they loved him... And then all of a sudden they said we got to get this guy in more movies…So he gets involved in different movies…like the Hunchback of Notre Dame…A Christmas Carol…The Man Who Saved Christmas…He was in Pretty Woman…no it’s not Richard Gere…brothers and sisters in Christ…remember what I told you about the shape of his body…With that being said…man my brothers and sisters in Christ…next thing you know he’s in different bits and pieces…And then all of a sudden… man its like a miracle…He gets the one shot in this series…he beats out Danny Devito…for the spot…To this day he is only known as this one guy…Yes he is neurotic …he is narcissistic in the part…he is immature …he is insecure… He has every phobia known to man…as a matter of fact he told his buddy Jerry one time…He said Jerry …if you take all the great things in my life…All…and put them in one day…it’s a pretty good day…Yeah my brothers and sisters …you know him as Costanza…George Costanza my brothers and sisters in Christ…And he’s a great dancer and singer my brothers and sisters in Christ…And here’s the amazing thing about him …when you ask him what is his greatest gift…HE SAYS IT’S HIS PARENTS…HE GIVES THEM THANKS FOR EVERYTHING THAT THEY’VE DONE…IF IT WASN’T FOR THEM HE WOULDN’T HAVE MADE IT…
C. My brothers and sisters in Christ…That is exactly the point of that whole Gospel that you and I just proclaimed…My brothers and sisters in Christ… I want you to think for a second…If you are a 1st Century Jew…go back to the Crucifixion…certain things are important for you and I to understand…Remember now…He’s not being crucified because He’s the Messiah… that’s a king that they are waiting to come take over Israel…They’re crucifying Him because He said He was the King…of the Jews…He says He’s God…Brothers and sisters in Christ… remember when the Good Lord says when two or three are gathered in My name…that’s a legal term…that’s why the Pharisees are waiting for two witnesses…But because they can’t get the witnesses He just decides to tear his garments and proclaim Him…My brothers and sisters in Christ…this is why the Jews made the argument to Pilate…Don’t say “He said, He was the King of the Jews”…that’s what they wanted…And this is when Pilate said No…you said it…this is what you get…My brothers and sisters in Christ… according to St. Bridget…and all the saints that had privilege to see the vision of the Passion…
D. That is WHAT THE GOSPEL IS ALL ABOUT… SAYING, THANK YOU … God so loved the world, HE sent His Only Son for the Sacrifice of Many…. Many years ago, there were 3 Saints…my friends in Christ …that had the privilege. Or the curse if you will... of seeing a personal revelation of the Passion of Jesus Christ…St. Bridget, St Matilda and St. Elizabeth of Hungry…
E. The Cross was 12 x 8
F. He was led to Calvary by 600 armed guards…(how would you feel if tomorrow 600 guards followed you around all day…pushing you , shoving you, cursing you, spitting on you…jousting you…all day!!!)
G. He had 83 executioners of ‘justice’ following him… to make sure that we butcher Him…according to the law… I mean we do have rules!!!
H. And with this entire fan fair surrounding him… he over 1000 insults… (Brother and Sisters… if just one person insults us…we talk about it all day… we speak of it a lunch, during the break, over an email or text, or the phone to our spouse, friend… could you imagine rec’ing that many insults over a 3 hour period!!!)
I. He was hit in the head 150 times…
J. He rec’ed 108 blows to the stomach …
K. St Bridget tells us, that to add insult to injury…they spit in his face…180 times! Could you imagine? What it someone spit in our face…just once, much lets 180 times… there would be not doubt where we would be spending the night…. !!! and maybe the next day or so…
L. He hair was pulled 24 times…
M. And this is not counting the wounds suffered just by the Crown of thorns!!!
N. The Crown of thorns alone…generated over 100 pricks to the head…. 20 of which were legitimated wounds…3 were mortal by themselves… even if there never hit Him again!
O. B & S…that does not even count the 8 inch nails, railroad spikes in his hands…or the 16inch nail …nailed through His feet. Do you ever wonder how long they must have hammered to go through both feet and the block of wood…to secure him to the Cross!!!!!????
P. And in the end, St Bridget, St Catherine…said from the beginning…in Gethsemane to “it is finished on the Cross’ our Savior rec’ed over 6000 beatings…resulting in over 1000 wounds!!!
Q. My Friends in Christ… we have one week left…before our Savior returns… He so loved the world, that He sent His only Son into the world … for the Sacrifice of sinners...please tell me that we have something for Him when he returns… I don’t care if you have done nothing all Lent…give us something…do something…WE HAVE TO FINISH THE RACE…YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WIN IT…BUT YOU DO HAVE TO FINISH…and when Easter comes…bring the Good Lord your offerings…whatever you have…bring it to HIM…HE WILLNOT BE OUTDONE IN KINDNESS…
R. Eucharist = thanks; participate in giving thanks, ‘communion’ (kornonia)
S. THANK THE GOOD LORD… for the roof over your head, the clothes on your back… the food in your mouth… your spouse, your children, your family, your parents… before you hit the bead tonight… say, your THANK YOUS… so maybe, if you are called home this night…the last words from your lips to HIS ears… is THANK YOU!!!
T. I LEAVE YOU WITH THESE TWO THINGS…THERE ARE 84,600 SECONDS IN A DAY… CAN YOU TAKE JUST ONE…ONE SECOND…AND SAY, Thank you!!!
U. … and secondly… I believe that God resides in all places, per se… but moreover His presence is alive and well, in Heaven, the Tabernacle and a ‘thankful’ heart!!
AMEN!!
V. My brothers and sisters in Christ…at the end of the day when push comes to shove…the Good Thief gets it…Remember me this day…He’s so sorry…he can’t even say the word I’m sorry…He says man JUST HAVE A THOUGHT OF ME…HAVE A MEMORY OF ME…FOR THE LOVE OF GOD…REMEMBER ME…You know what’s amazing my brothers and sisters in Christ…Is about thirty years before that …when the Good Lord passed through the desert according to St. Augustine with Joseph and Mary…Who does He meet …the Good Thief…and his partner in crime…the one that’s being crucified with him…And do you know the conversation that ensued between them…The Good Thief is talking to his partner in crime…Gustas…and he’s telling him we need to let this guy go…there’s something about Him…If God would come down as a child…that’s how He would come down…Remember he’s two years old…He’s still God…and do you know what he tells the Good Lord not knowing who He is…Remember me some day…Remember me some day if our paths should cross…And do you know what the Good Lord tells His mother…We’ll see them again…one on my right…one on my left…And that’s why He couldn’t give it to James and John…because it was already given to somebody else…
W. My brothers and sisters in Christ…You and I owe the Good Lord a thank you that we will never be able to repay…No matter what you may think of Peter…Did you listen to his denial…Brothers and sisters in Christ…his denial grew leaps and bounds…first he denied that he knew Christ…then he denied that he knew any of the twelve…then he denied that he was even a Galilean …yet he still persevered to become “the rock”…
X. My brothers and sisters in Christ…We are blessed to leave in a great country…still… we’ve been able to worship freely…You got a roof over your head and clothes on your back…you got a loving and caring family…and wonderful children…You might have great relationship and a great marriage…My brothers and sisters in Christ… it’s all because He allowed it…
Y. I leave you this with this day…I believe the Good Lord resides everywhere, but truly in 3 places…I believe the Good Lord resides in Heaven…I believe the Good Lord resides in the Tabernacle…And I believe the Good Lord resides in a thankful heart…So tell Him this day before your head hits the pillow…THANK YOU
Z. AMEN...IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER …THE SON…AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

 

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