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John 10:11-18; 4-22-2018 (AS BUILT; AMITE #302)
A. Must…. Must… As in Must do something or the converse… Must stop doing something.
B. It’s the 1960’s … His name is Harry…. Harry is sitting on top of a roof… over a garage. And as Harry sits on top this roof over the garage he is reading How To books…. How to convert a garage to a sound studio… Harry had two problems…. 1. It’s not his garage… 2. He has never built a garage… much less a sound studio…Ok … he has three issues…. He has never built anything…. Hence the How To books… but yet he promised his buddy… Sergio Mendez … one of the greatest recording artist of those days… he promised him he could take his garage and make it into a sound studio… So here he is doing the How To books and as he sits in the ravine of the roof where no one can see he begins to think about his life… He thinks back and says… You know in grammar school he said Man I was bullied EVERY DAY… every day… He said… then High School was worse… I got bullied every day and then some…. He said… College… He said … Unmitigated disaster… He said my whole life has been this way and NOW… here is sit on a roof of a garage promising somebody to turn it into a sound studio … He said something has got to stop…. Moreover… Man … I gotta start being all in… I’m either in or I’m out… I got to do this… It’s gotta start now… then all of a sudden he hears something… it’s early in the morning… then all of a sudden he decides to peek over the edge of the roof and he sees Sergio going out for a paper… you know he has got his robe… his slippers… his pajamas… cup of coffee one hand… and well a cigarette in the other… he’s going to get the paper… and as he is watching him walk… he says… man I can’t let my own friend down… this is the only work I got… he slides down the shingles and he begins to just drop the book and he puts his head in his hands and he said…. Lord… this MUST stop… and I must start anew… Brothers and Sisters in Christ… the long of it is he built him a recording studio second to none… it was so good… as a matter of fact… Sergio introduced him to James Caan… because James Caan wanted one…. Then Richard Dreyfuss wanted one… so James Caan helps him… Then Richard Dreyfuss talks to Frances Ford Coppola… and man now he has built like five or six of these… pretty soon…. Don’t get me wrong… the money was great for a while…. But not everybody needs a recording studio… so they decided… that we need to give him bit parts in movies just to give him an income… because EVERYBODY… bar none… EVERYBODY liked Harry… as a result they get him in a movie called Dead Heat of a Merry Go Round… yeah… that’s what I said when I read it… like…. Whatever… then all of a sudden… of course that crashes… no kidding… the all of a sudden they said… Man … let’s just get him on some shows… man… Gun Smoke… they get him in …. Hum… The Virginian… They actually get him in the little series called FBI… and then they get him in Kung Fu… just … man … a means to an end… then all of a sudden… they decided… Man… we gotta get him in the movies… Richard Dreyfuss steps up and says… Harry… I’m going to get you in the movie American Graffiti and then that opened up the door to the The force 10 from Navarone… than all of a sudden that opened up another one called Regarding Henry… and then all of a sudden he works as an undercover cop as an Amish in the show Witness… man brothers and sisters in Christ… the next thing you know the world is opening up for Harry… matter of fact B &S… he actually plays a doctor who is accused of killing his wife … He is pretty much a Fugitive…This is a huge hit… brothers and sisters in Christ… you gotta work with me at some point… matter of fact… B & S his popularly comes because he does a trilogy about a guy that travels through space and time and his closest friend is an oversized Chimp… BIG HIT…. BIG HIT… Then he becomes an archaeologist and he finds THE TABERNACLE …. Which is NOW in a government warehouse somewhere where nobody else knows… Brothers and Sisters… you know him as Indiana Jones and you know him as Harrison Ford… ALL BECAUSE HE MUST HAVE MADE THE RIGHT DECISSION…. To STOP doing one thing and start doing another…
C. THAT IS EXACTLY THE WHOLE POINT OF THE GOSPEL!!! The Good Lord is first speaking to His twelve… He said… you must first make a decision… are you going to be a hired hand or are you going to be a follower of The Shepherd… The Shepherd… not a shepherd… The Shepherd… what is it going to be… you either going to STOP doing one and START another… what’s it gonna be??? Now remember B&S in Christ… if you’re a first century Jew… you gotta go back in the time frame… whenever the term shepherd is being used… you and I would know exactly how prominent of a role that is… especially if you are the lead shepherd…if you and I lived back in the day … if we have money then we would have our own fence for our own sheep… as a matter of fact B & S in Christ… we may even keep them indoors… as a matter of fact… that’s why when the guy knocks on the door and no body answers… and he says… I’m not coming down because he doesn’t want to walk through the animals… but that’s because we had a little more where-with-all to put the animals… but if you and I had very little money … we are going to pool our resources … build our own fence and we’re going to take turns at night guarding them… and the next morning… the way it works is… one will stand by the gate and open it and you and I and everybody else will stand out in the field and we will yell and based on our voices only our sheep will come and come to the voice… so for a shepherd being used… man it rings true… man… B&S in Christ… remember Psalm 23… man talks about… I Am the Good Shepherd… so if you are a first century Jew… boy is it starting to hit home… but now he is talking to the Pharisees and the Sadducees… you talk about being a shepherd… oh yeah… you give them a little food … a little guidance… BUT YOU DON’T PROTECT THEM… AND YOU DARN SURE AINT GOING TO LAY YOUR LIFE DOWN FOR THEM!!! So you are nothing more than a hired hand…
D. Now look …. Let me tell you something… you can go back in Scripture and pick anybody you want… but if you want to learn what it means to go from being a hired hand to being The Shepherd… That’s PAUL… SAUL… B&S in Christ… you think about who Saul is… you’re a Pharisee… you’re not just a Pharisee… you are THE Pharisee… your taught by Gamaliel himself… as a matter of fact… B&S in Christ… you basically have the unmitigated ability to judge and crucify whoever you want… especially Christians… He is pulling them out of houses and he is literally dragging them to Damasks… that’s almost a hundred miles away… for them to be taking care of… and now all of a sudden he is blinded and for three days… B&S in Christ you and I just lose our car keys or cell phone for seconds we’re going to take a hostage… you been blind for THREE days… he sends Ananias…and all of a sudden… he goes from stopping being a hired hand to becoming one of the leaders of the Gentiles… if it wasn’t for Paul… where would you and I be??? Brothers and Sisters in Christ… think about it… he goes to a city named Neopaplis … and when he gets there…. HE IS NOT EVEN IN THE CITY LIMITS… and he already has to make a decision… do you cure this girl who is demonic … and if you do so… you will cripple the business of a family and they will probably go broke… because they were soothsayers… think about it… how good of a soothsayer can you be … your daughter is possessed… and he said …. There is no decision to make… she is overcome by the evil one… and I MUST remove it… and he does… not the family is gone broke…. They ride him out on a rail… you’ve heard the saying… No good deed goes unpunished??? 2000 years old… He leaves there and he goes to another little city called Lystra… when he gets there… there is cripple girl… so he cures her…. Then everybody starts calling him Zeus… or Hermes… the gods of philosophy … the Greek gods… Hermes is the son of Zeus… kind of a prankster type god if you will… and he is getting so upset… Paul is… saying… You can’t call me Zeus or Hermes… they are make believe… There is only one God… there is only one Shepherd!!! And as a result of it…. They get mad that he rebukes them for what they are doing and they ride him out of town AGAIN! Brothers and Sisters in Christ… you know Paul’s luck with boats… if he’s on it… it’s going down… well go figure… he’s on one …. It goes down… HE SWIMS TO A SHORE… no sooner than he gets on shore… he gets bit by a viper! B&S in Christ… talk about fatal… course you know… excuse… it MUST have had to happen the right way… because there was no way they would have believed him was from God if he didn’t withstand the bite of a viper… now pause for a minute… member John the Baptist yelling at the Pharisees and the Sadducees… saying… You brood of vipers… they were at the… when he was baptizing them… cause the viper will go bite somebody and then they will return to water… and he is saying… Yall don’t have the courage to come in… but for him to be bitten by a viper is letting everybody know that he truly must be with God…
E. So now my Brothers and Sisters in Christ… here you and I set two thousand years later… THERE IS ONE THING IN OUR LIFE WE MUST STOP DOING AND ONE THING IN OUR LIFE WE MUST START DOING… B&S in Christ… Think for just a second… THE THINGS WE MUST STOP DOING …B&S in Christ… the world does NOT revolve around you and me… or the word “I”… stop being so narcissist …and prideful… we need to realize that WE ARE PART OF A FAMILY… PART OF A COMMUNITY… WE ARE PART OF MOTHER CHURCH!!! AND THE WORLD DOESN’T REVOLVE JUST ABOUT OUR SCHEDULE AND OUR NEEDS AND OUR WANTS AND OUR DESIRES!!! YOU LIVE WITHIN A FAMILY BECAUSE THAT’S HOW THE GOOD LORD ORDAINED IT… so as a result of such… You and I need to make sure that we are in compliance with our parents…. It’s a Commandment!!! My Brothers and Sisters in Christ… we need to stop being so angry! Are you …are you nicer to perfect strangers…. Than to your children… and your family and your parents??? That has got to Stop! Brothers and Sisters in Christ are we gluttonous when it comes to food or to television… or to cell phones?? Do you spend more time texting and on your cell phone than you spend praying? Man… That has got to Stop! That’s atrocious! That’s diabolical! If you’re on your cell more times… if you look at the minutes at the end of the month and you haven’t prayed every bit of that AND THEN SOME …. THAT has got to STOP! Brothers and Sisters in Christ… we have got to stop cursing… there’s 40,000 words IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE… YOU CAN’T FIND ANYOTHER WORD BESIDES THE F-BOMB OR GD or cursing?? My B&S in Christ… IT HAS GOT TO STOP! We gotta stop judging people…. I hear Confessions every Wednesday … some days I wish yall could sit right next to me… so all the people that we know…. And think they got it better than us… or this world’s great… I’m telling you… THERE ARE PROBLEMS BEHIND EVERY DOOR THAT WOULD BUCKLE YOUR KNEES!! We would never speak poorly about another person ever again…B&S in Christ..they do carry crosses that you and I would never want to touch… My B&S in Christ…do you complain too much…You know they say the average person complains every 15 minutes…They didn’t live in Amite… I’m just saying… Man we got that beat to a science… I tell you what…when you go to lunch today don’t complain…yall have a great lunch!! I bet it’ll be the quietest lunch we ever had in a long time…
F. My B&S in Christ…now the things you and I must do…We must start going to Mass more… We spend all week putting knots in our rope…and we think at the very last minute we can go check the block…and all of a sudden all things were made straight…We need to start going to the Sacraments B&S in Christ…You need to go to Confession…STOP PLAYING THE CARD! STOP PLAYING THE CARD I CAN GO DIRECTLY TO THE BIG GUY!! He never said it … moreover He never did it in Scripture… He never baptized either…what I don’t understand…why you just don’t go and be done with it… you think I’m gonna remember who you are… Or what your sins are?... I’ve got my own plot B&S in Christ… You need to make sure that you go… to come to Mass…to spend a few minutes in Adoration… Today after Mass we’ll do Anointing of the Sick… Will you take the few extra minutes to stick around so I can Anoint you… B&S in Christ…this is the things we must start doing… My B&S in Christ… don’t you see… everyone of us has one cross that has just torn us up…It has destroyed our family…it has destroyed our own lives…it’s destroying our soul… That’s all we got… I’M ASKING YOU…I’M BEGGING YOU…STOP DOING THAT ONE THING…AND START DOING SOMETHING ELSE… BUT YOU MUST DO IT…IT’S A MUST….
G. Amen… In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit… Amen

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