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John 15:1-8; 4-29-2018 (As Built; AMITE #303)

  1. Attached…Attached… As in joined at the hip…
  2. My B&S in Christ… the year is about 1970…His name is Gavin…Gavin lives in Benton, Illinois…He’s one of I think about 4 children…His mom and dad own the Benton Daily Newspaper… It does ok…I mean it makes ends meet…And if you were to ask Gavin what was it like growing up in Benton... he’d tell you that Grammar School and High School pretty uneventful…But if you ask him he’ll tell you…Man baseball and football, I was it!... Man I loved baseball and football!...As a matter of fact the only thing I liked maybe as much was the theatre!…His dad said to him, son…I know you think you were the bees knees in everything in baseball and football, but the truth of the matter is… you just liked the way you looked playing football and baseball…I suggest you do the theatre…As a result…I gotta tell you…He does a little play in High School called Carousel… He gets a little notoriety… So when he leaves school he gets somewhat of a scholarship to Illinois State… in theatre… Gavin does better than most people gave him credit… As a matter of fact… when he gets out he decides he’s ready for the big show… He wants to go to Broadway… New York… D.C… Chicago… So he gets a part in a play… and it ends up being the lead… Death of a Salesman… And can I tell you…HE NAILED IT… It was so good… that his name began to rise… But what you find out… being the head in theatre verses a movie… Man the economics is somewhat less…So he decided if he was ever gonna make ends meet off to the movies he goes… So Gavin does a movie called In A Wedding… followed by In My Heart…exactly… it doesn’t do well… It tanks as a matter of fact…then he decides… man I gotta get work… He goes back to his former job…rolling egg rolls…And when you see who this guy is…what would you do if you walked into that Chinese Restaurant he see him rolling egg rolls… I’m just warning you… As a result of it… he gets another job… he does a little landscaping… does a little construction work… a little painting… he even runs errands to make ends meet… Somebody sees him and says…man you would make a great villain… So we’re gonna put you in a movie…and make you the villain… And I’m gonna tell you to this day…you probably won’t remember his name but you’ll know his face … And when you see him…he can play the part… As a matter of fact…B&S in Christ…He gets a movie called Dangerous Liaisons…and man it starts growing legs…Then he gets another one with Clint Eastwood called In The Line Of Fire…from that one he does one where he’s not the villain but a good part called The Man In The Iron Mask… and then my B&S in Christ his in The Guardian and then he plays Cryus “the Virus” in Con Air… He plays Cryus “the Virus” in Con Air… man we’re dying up here…and it’s going down quick… I’m just warning you!!!... B&S in Christ…as a matter of fact… he’s in Red 1 & 2…and you know I’ve got to tell you… out of all the parts and the villains that he’s played… The one show that he absolutely loved doing, the one movie that he actually thought he did the best in was playing John Malkovich in the movie playing John Malkovich… you see he’s John Malkovich B&S in Christ…that’s ok… When you see him think of him rolling egg rolls and ask yourself would you eat their…Ok here’s the point… they asked him in an interview… how attached do you get at playing the roll… He said I will go to no ends playing the roll.. He said I’ll tell you I don’t like being the villain, as much as well as he plays it… He said because I don’t like people who mistreat humanity… He said … but I do get attached… Well how attached do you get?... He said… Oh I had to once 70 pounds in 4 months… he said… I ate nothing but Jell-O… Eat Jell-O for just a weekend… a week… 4 weeks… 4 months…The announcer said…you ate Jell-O 4 months… everyday… all day… and that’s how you lost 70 pounds?... He said yeah…He said…how did you do it… He said, well you know they have different colors…I’m just sharing… It’s all about being attached B&S in Christ… That is exactly that Gospel…
  3. The Good Lord make the proclamation…Without Him we are nothing… Remember…No, no, listen… we’re nothing… we have no essence… we have no existence… we have no being… not that we get better… or we’ve become more fruitful… We don’t even have a life… My B&S in Christ… this is important for you and I to understand because if you’re a 1st Century Jew…You need to understand where this conversation takes place… At the Last Supper… right after He washes their feet… He’s about to take the bread and turn it into His Body… and take the wine and the chalice and turn it into His Blood… and their about to partake of the Wine in the Chalice… For a 1st Century Jew… your starting to get it… Moreover… if you and I are about to go to the Temple… long before Christ came upon the earth… and we would go up to the Temple door… which would be remotely the size of this opening… Above the door would be an intricate vine…a golden vine with massive grapes almost the size of a person… because they would believe that God would feed them grapes through the vine… So as a 1st Century Jew in the Last Supper… He just said He is the vine and you are the branches… man it’s all starting to come together… and remember… There are only two types of people that He sees… There are those that produce fruit… and those that are gonna go into Hell… He’s talking about Gehenna… B&S in Christ… He’s making a very distinct Proclamation… He said you must produce… And if you are producing… I’m gonna prune you… so that you can produce even more fruit… because they need to know… So therefore… you and I must learn to act… We must put it into play… It’s not enough B&S in Christ in the words of John again in the Gospel… In the words of our Savior… it’s not enough to make the Proclamation I’ve accepted Him, therefore I’m done… therefore the Commandments are now nothing more than sticky notes or suggestions or possibly even guidelines… The first four tell us things that we should do… and the next six tell us things we should not do… But you must be doing… B&S in Christ…
  4. Now B&S in Christ… if there is one guy in scripture… in all scripture that could identify with you and I… what it meant to be before Christ … before he’s attached to Christ … and then what happens to him after he gets attached to Christ… Outside of probably Paul… that’s Peter… Think about what we know about Peter before he becomes attached to Christ… Yes… he’s a fishermen… He’s on the sea of Galilee… We know that it was probably Mary… they speak of that in scripture… But what they don’t tell you B&S in Christ… and when you do more homework on him you’ll find out that he does have a family… We believe probably at least two daughters… B&S in Christ… he’s never caught so many fish in his life because once he meets Our Savior… all of a sudden he’s become attached… He catches so many fish in his boat… that he actually drops in the bottom and says … depart from me Lord I am a sinful man… The next time he’s in the boat with the Good Lord … say what you want… but he stood next to the Good Lord when the Good Lord rebuked the wind… The next time he’s walking on water… granted it might have only been a few steps… but the boy was out their on the water… Before that he would have never embarked or would have thought of such a thing… B&S in Christ… Could you have imagined what it would have been for Peter afterwards…Think about what’s happened to him… He now B&S… he actually cures a man… the first day he goes to the Temple… That’s standing outside the Temple door… He baptizes 2000 people… within a week of the Resurrection… Within two weeks he’s baptized 5000 people… that’s more than the city of Amite… B&S in Christ… he’s taken wine and bread and consecrated the Body and Blood of Christ… You know when he went fishing the very last time… he caught 153 different varieties of fish… He actually sat and counted the different varieties… and you know what’s amazing about that miracle… their was only 153 different varieties of fish in the Sea of Galilee… He caught them all in one net… After he’s now attached to Christ… FISHER OF MEN… ALL MEN… ALL TYPES… ALL WALKS…
  5. Well now here you and I sit… 2000 years later… HOW ATTACHED ARE YOU TO THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD… OR THE KINGDOM TO COME… Well let’s see… how attached are you to work… where it becomes the be all end all… B&S in Christ… It’s never been more than job… I mean a profession… that’s all it will ever gonna be… Remember on the day you die… and I die… Our degrees…our income… our profession dies with it… The only job you and I will ever have is to make it to Heaven… That’s all we will ever have… That you and your children and your family make it to Heaven… My B&S in Christ… do not make work more than it is… It’s only been one thing and that’s all it will ever been… A means to an end… How attached are you… So much so that you’ll forgo your prayers… You will skip Mass… You will not go to the Sacraments… because you are wrapped up in the world… B&S in Christ… how drawn are you to the world… My B&S in Christ… Do you make sure that you only wear certain type of clothing, because your just attached to that… Are you attached to shoes… I say that because my mother’s not here and I can speak courageously about this issue… Man my B&S in Christ… as a priest you know we live alone… but now I’ve been blessed truly to have little mama with me… Little did I know… that the woman could shoe a small village…So big is her closet that my closet has begun to shrink exponentially B&S in Christ… I’m just learning… I’m just saying… My B&S in Christ… how attached are you to your cell phone… B&S in Christ… if you spend more minutes on your phone… than you do in prayer… that’s misdirected… If you spend more time texting than you do praying… that’s misguided… My B&S in Christ… If you spend more time watching television … as if somethings good gonna come on… or worst you gotta watch the news… If you spend more time in news than you do studying scripture… man B&S in Christ man stop about face and get back to the right road… your almost way to gone…
  6. My B&S in Christ… do you know more about the Saints and LSU and Southeastern, ball games, kick ball, softball than you know about the 12… or our Savior Jesus Christ… that is truly misguided… My B&S in Christ… I’m telling you… YOU MUST BE ATTACHED TO HIM… HE IS THE VINE… WE ARE THE BRANCHES… I don’t care how you paint this… I don’t care how many times you think you told me and you feel justified… The Church is not … It is not when just two or three or gathered in My name… The Church is the people… No it’s not… THE CHURCH IS THAT MAN RIGHT THEIR… HE’S THE ALMIGHTY… HE’S THE GOD… IF WE’RE NOT ATTACHED TO HIM…WE ARE GONNA DIE A MISERABLE DEATH… SO B&S IN CHRIST… IF YOU WANT TO COMMUNE WITH GOD IN NATURE…KNOCK YOURSELF OUT… BUT THAT’S NOT WHERE MASS IS… BECAUSE IF WE’RE NOT ATTACHED TO HIM… WE ARE NOTHING… SO THEREFORE TWO OR THREE ARE GATHERED IN HIS NAME ON A GOLF COURSE OR DUCK BLIND OR DEER STAND OR WHERE EVER IT MAY BE OR A BALL PARK IN NO WAY CONSTITUTES GOING TO SERVICE AND GOING TO MASS… MY B&S IN CHRIST… ASK YOURSELF WHAT ARE YOU ATTACHED TO… THE WORLD IS SPINNING ALL BE IT TOO FAST… WE ARE WAY OUT OF CONTROL… YOU AND I COME TO MASS ONE DAY A WEEK… AND WE THINK WE ARE GONNA GET KNOTS OUT OF OUR ROPE AFTER WE PUT SIX DAYS OF KNOTS IN IT…
  7. B&S IN CHRIST… ARE YOU SPENDING MORE TIME WITH HIM… OR AT LEAST ARE YOU COMING BY… YOU DON’T HAVE TO STAY FOR THE HOUR… BUT COME BY AND VISIT WITH HIM… SIT IN CHURCH… WALK AND READ ABOUT THE APOSTLE’S… B&S IN CHRIST… DON’T YOU SEE… IT’S EITHER 1 OR 2 WAYS…AS A PERSON…WE ARE EITHER ATTACHED TO THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD… OR THE KINGDOM TO COME… WE WILL ATTACH OURSELVES TO SOMETHING…
  8. My B&S in Christ… can you go an hour without your cell phone… can you go 30 minutes… without it… Can you go 15 minutes… You can go hours without food… That needs to be detached… I leave you with this… You will either attach yourself to the things of this world… or the one of the Kingdom to come… Who are you attached to…
  9. Amen… In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit…

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