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Luke 24:35-48 (AS BUILT; Amite, 4-15-2015, #301)

  1. Proximity…Proximity…In the neighborhood…kinda in the area…
  2. The year is 1950…His name is Lee…Lee lives in Dodge City Kansas…Lee is one of three children…He’ll tell you his mom was a lifeguard…and his dad… well he managed the Post Office… And if we were to ask Lee about his grammar school…he’d say it was very uneventful… High School was a little different…They moved to San Diego…and there he got caught up in drama … he got caught up in choir… he got caught up in acting… And therefore he kind became I guess the big man on campus… As a matter of fact… he received the award in high school…most likely to succeed… Well it didn’t last long…because when he gets to college he doesn’t stay there very long… And then eventually decides to go and be part of the Actors Guild in New York… You know it’s there…it’s the people you meet…he meets Vincent Price… who introduces Lee to James Dean…well then that opens the door for the two movies…Rebel Without A Cause… Giant… As a matter of fact it really kinda gave Lee a really good great jump start… The problem is …man’s Lee’s attitude… It was kinda running stale which you would with producers and directors…So as a matter of fact …he decides to go out on his own…He came up with two movies called Hell To Texas and then Texas Chainsaw Massacre…And as a result of it…man they just floundered… He couldn’t even get jobs in movies so he decided to go basically in television… He was on Gunsmoke a lot… he was on Rifleman… he was even on Petticoat Junction… does anyone even know what Petticoat Junction is…ok…good…ok…I just want to make sure…Man… my brothers and sisters in Christ he’s on The Legend Of Jessie James… And then all of a sudden John Wayne sees him and decides he needs a second chance… so he brings him into two of his movies…Called the Sons Of Katie Elder… he wasn’t one of the sons… he was just in that movie…As a result of it he’s in the other one called True Grit…That’s when the door opened up for him…And then he gets into the movie where he kinda made a name for himself… It was The Apocalypse Now… and then as a result of it my brothers and sisters in Christ…he got in the movie Waterworld…And then he was in another movie called Speed…as a matter of fact with Sandra Bullock…He was in the movie Hoosiers…where he played like a drunk assistant coach… He was in Super Mario Brothers my brothers and sisters in Christ… Matter of fact my brothers and sisters in Christ…let me just tell you…his name is Dennis Hopper…ok brothers and sisters in Christ… Ok and just so you know… he also did The Return Of Black Bart…ok I’m just telling you…No…he didn’t but what the heck!... I’m dying up here…I might as well finish the race!!....Man you know my brothers and sisters in Christ what’s amazing he’s talking to his son… and when his son was little… And his son asked him why did you take the part of someone so evil…cause every time Dennis does the part of someone so evil…He wears that goatee… his got that certain look…And as a result of it… he tells his son…Well son… you know to be in the movies and play an evil part you need to be in proximity of people of that nature… And his son was paralyzed… said nothing… He said well the truth of the matter son it’s just because I knew you needed a new pair of shoes…. And he told his dad… I didn’t need them that bad… man my brothers and sisters in Christ… it’s all about Proximity….
  3. THAT is EXACTLY what that Gospel is about…. The Good Lord is standing in the room…and He wants them to see His hands and His feet… and you got to get close enough and if that is not enough… He wants you to get up and touch them… B &S if that’s not enough He wants to make sure you know he is gonna eat some fish… Now remember if you’re a 1st Century Jew… this is extremely important… make sure you understand what has happened…remember the story the Good Lord is walking on the road to Emmaus… two men don’t recognize Him… they invite Him to stay because it is late… and then all of a sudden He takes the bread… He blesses it… brakes it… then gives to them… then he disappears … IN THE BREAD… now B&S they have run back to tell the Apostles… and while they are telling the story… this is when the Good Lord shows up and if you wanna know why He is talking about proximity and why He wants you to see His hands and He wants you to touch Him and feed Him… B&S if you and I are 1st Century Jews we fall into one of three categories… we believe in reincarnation, we believe that the soul dies with the body and it’s just the end of life… that’s a Sadducee … it’s Sad—you—see … but that’s how they see it… yeah… good… you catching on… and then you have the Pharisees that actually believe that there is a life thereafter… so B&S in Christ… you know why He is big in making sure that they don’t believe He’s reincarnated… cause King Herod bought the argument that when Christ came and even though he beheaded John the Baptist he believed that Christ had the spirit of John the Baptist in him….He wants to make sure that you understand that there is a glorified body and it will be attached to your spirit… and they will become one… He is trying to make sure that they can dispel it and that they are first hand witnesses… it’s ALL about how close you wanted to get to our Savior…
  4. Brothers and Sisters in Christ… THINK for a minute… go back throughout Scripture… if there is one person who has taught you and I more in the last 2000 years… outside of Christ Himself… man… it’s PETER… Think about what’s happened to Peter…The four or five times he meets with our Savior it’s IN HIS BOAT… B&S that’s why they call Mother Church… Peter’s Bark… because almost all the Church’s were in the shape of … if you look at the underpinnings of our roof… the shape of an inverted hull... Peter’s Bark… my B&S the first time he meets our Savior… he has been fishing all night… you know the story… right he comes in everybody gets out the boat but Christ gets in and tells him to go back out and we are go fishing again… you know what he is thinking right…man you’re a fisherman…I’m NOT gonna throw the nets out this late… but because he does…he catches so many fish… Peter drops in the boat and says depart from me Lord… I’m a sinful man… The next time he is in the boat… the Good Lord is in the bow of the boat sleeping and because the storm has come up… Peter thinks…well he has been on the Sea of Galilee his whole life… I’m mean really … I can handle this…then all of a sudden it gets too much for him… he had to rely on the Lord… yet again… and says….Lord do you care… are we not about to perish… the THIRD time that the Good Lord is not in the boat… He is OUTSIDE the boat… remember this is the one where Peter says… Lord if it is you… tell me to come… COME PETER…Peter walks a few steps and all of a sudden begins to stutter and stammer…and looks and now all of a sudden he begins to drown… IMMEDIATELY… immediately the Good Lord saves him… but yet there is 11 other guys in that boat and nobody budged… the next time he is in a boat it is after the Good Lord has been crucified and they are back on the waters again because they go back to their old ways of life… and then all of a sudden he sees Him by a charcoal fire… he jumps out of the boat and swims one hundred yards to be RIGHT NEXT to our Savior… Proximity…B&S the Good Lord taught Peter… Yeah, I’m in the boat with you now and you’re ok… the storm comes and you got a little unnerved… you saw Me outside the boat and thought distance mattered…and now all of a sudden you swim 100 yards because you want to right next to Me…My B&S in Christ… think about what has happened…
  5. It is ALL about Proximity…You gotta be close to our Savior… That is why you and I sit here two thousand years latter… HOW CLOSE ARE YOU PHYSICALLY TO OUR SAVIOR? B&S you and I come to Mass once a week but yet we spend all week putting knot’s in our rope…and we think one Mass is gonna get everything done… B&S… man you ever thought… man if you just went to one more Mass… what if you just came to the Adoration Chapel? Maybe if you just set between the Apostles… You ever ask yourself why is it that you think that we have done all this?? Brothers and Sisters… don’t you see… it is so you can always feel His presence!! Maybe you’re the type of person that likes Adoration… you know why we do it… so you can see Him physically…for some people they want to be quiet so they may be in the Repose room… because you and I need to be physically close… maybe you need to set here after Mass…that is why I leave the doors open… so that you can always feel His presence… Do you not FEEL His presence when you walk around this campus??? When you walk through the Apostles or the Garden of Gethsemane or you go into Adoration or the Church?? Or you go into the Shop??? Brothers and Sisters….don’t you see, I’m trying to tell you gotta stay close to Him!! And the only way you and I can stay close to Him is make sure we obtain the Sacraments…B&S... the further you and I get from our Savior … EVERYTHING gets in the way!! Think about it…work…people…relationships…parents…life…in-laws…out-laws…and everything else in-between…BROTHERS AND SISTERS in CHRIST….I’m not saying you’re not holy… The average holy person sins 7 times a day…. Don’t go to Confession for thirty days…what’s that 200….2100…210 sins ….Tell you what…don’t go to Confession for a year…now we are up near 2100—2400…DON’T GO FOR A DECADE…NOW WE ARE UP AROUND 20-30 THOUSAND!!! Brothers and Sisters in Christ…what relationship can you have with our Savior if you are not physically close to HIM??? And the only way to get close to Him is to make sure that you receive the Sacraments…Man, I don’t care if you just come through Church…swipe your card and come sit…you gotta close the gap…you can’t wait until Sunday and hope all your knots will be cured!! Brothers and Sisters…that is why He is telling the Apostles… because at some point…I’m physically not going to be in your presence…Will you come to know that I am as close to you as I was this day??? As close as John was at the Last Supper when he laid his head on My chest…The day that Thomas put his fingers in My hands and his hands in My side…Brothers and Sisters….that is what He is saying…YOU GOT TO STAY CLOSE TO ME….YOU GOTTA CLOSE THE GAP…if it means that you gotta come by the Church during the week…. Or catch a Mass…or just come say a Rosary… or just stick your head in… You know there is a story… of a young man… and this is true.. he was up in age and what he would do is he would come through Church… he would walk … genuflect… and walk out… and at the end of the day he would walk back through …. Genuflect… and walk back out… after about two weeks Father about lost it… he said… Man.. every morning… I watch you come in genuflect and walk back out… and when you come back through… I see you genuflect and walk back out… What are you doing?? He said… I just want to be in the area… I just want to tell Him… Good Morning and Good Night… He said… I see… True story… 10 years go by…15 years… he is on his death bed… The priest goes to anoint him… he anoints him… then when he is leaving he sees the nurse smiling… he said… Ma’am what seems to be on your mind… and she goes… Did he tell you the story? And he said… no… She said… Every morning I go in and he has this smile on his face like you wouldn’t believe… the rest of the day he is pretty quiet…reserved.. doesn’t show any signs… I go in about 5-5:30 he has the most beautiful smile you’ve ever seen…so she said I asked him… Why are you smiling? She said... because every morning the Good Lord walks through and they bow and They wishes him a good day… and then He comes through at night and wishes him a goodnight…
  6. My Brothers and sisters… it’s about Proximity…and what I’m asking you to remember is to remember this… when you are all alone… you feel desolate… you feel like the Good Lord has turned a deaf ear… you begin to question your faith… or His existence… Do me a favor … I want you to hold your hand up… and I want you to look at the gaps between your fingers… those gaps between your fingers is where His hand relies… and lay and will close the gap between yours and His… It’s always been that way… it’s been that way since He knew you in your mother’s womb…it will be that way when He welcomes you home to His Kingdom… So my Brothers and sisters in Christ… I’M BEGGING YOU TO KEEP THE GAP CLOSE… Keep something blessed on you… go to MASS… stop by the CHRUCH… GO TO ADORATION… just stick your head in… and genuflect… say… man Lord… I’m just…I’m just passing through… Close the gap… it’s all about Proximity…
  7. Amen

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