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Matthew 28:16-20; 5-27-2018 (As Built; Amite #307)

A. Go…Go…As in Go do something…Do anything…just Go and do…
B. My B&S… the year is about 1970… His middle name is Allen… Allen is born in Englewood, New Jersey… He’s one of three children…His mom is a travel agent… she does ok… His dad owns a bookstore… They do ok…they make ends meet… Allen is kinda… he’s a serious young man… and for such a young age… In high school it’s all about football… captain of the team… etc… Man he was singular focused… He gets a scholarship to Columbia… It’s at Columbia where he’s gotta make a decision… Does he stay cause he’s a pretty good athletic…or does he decide to try something new…He always felt a calling to theatre… not real sure why… But he said he needed to make a decision… As a result he gets into a few plays … and then all of a sudden he’s got to make a decision… Spring football is coming up… he wants to be in the play at Oklahoma…but you have to go to the University of Oklahoma… He’s got to make a decision… Allen decides he’s gonna go for it… and do just that… Transfers to Oklahoma… actually does pretty well… So good in fact he gets a scholarship to the California Arts Institute… And while he’s their he gets in a play called Balaam… It didn’t do well… but Allen did well… And as a result of it… man the world kinda opened up just a little but for him … He started getting in TV series… like he was in the Rockford Files… he was in Chips… he was in the series Barnaby Jones… things like that… And you know…you got to make a decision… and Allen said you can make a decent living in TV series… but if you want to make the big money… he says you got to go into the movies… there’s no way around it… He makes the jump… he decides to “go for it”… And a matter of fact his first movie is called Coma… and then Jack Knife… that’s exactly right… they both tanked… And as a result of it … he’s starting to wonder if he made the wrong call… I jumped too early or too late… He said man but I’m in… Man… thank God for Clint Eastwood… he decides to do a movie called Absolute Power… if you haven’t seen it, it’s worth it… He’s a retired jewel thief… and here he is seeing things he shouldn’t for people high up… and as a result of it the guy trying to chase him is “Allen”… Man that puts Allen on the map… That opens the door for the movie A Beautiful Mind… and then he gets in another one called Enemy At The Gate… Then he’s in movie The Firm where he plays the FBI guy trying to help Tom Cruise… Then Nicholas Cage gets involved… in The National Treasure : The Book of Secrets… Then he gets with Nicholas Cage again on the movie The Rock… where he’s the man trying to hold on to Alcatrez while people are trying to remove him… And if that’s not bad enough B&S in Christ… he gets in Apollo 13 with Tom Hanks… he plays the head of NASA… And since yall have no any idea what I’m talking about just bare with me until I finish this little diatribe… And as a result of it he’s the guy that heads up NASA that gets Apollo 13 back and he says “FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION”… My B&S in Christ… He is a very distant cousin of Black Bart obviously … I did not know that until today… You know Allen as Ed Harris… And when you look him up… you’ll know exactly who this guy is… All because he decides he needs to “Go For It!” ...
C. B&S in Christ… that is exactly the point that the Good Lord is driving home… Go… Go therefore and make disciples of all nations… Go therefore and make disciples of all Tangipahoa… The diocese of Baton Rouge… The families…… And friends… And coworkers… My brothers and sisters in Christ… if you are a first century Jew … living in the day of our Savior many things begin to resonate with you… First thing… He’s going up into a mountain… For a Jew every time you ascend up a mountain it’s because that’s where the good Lord‘s presence is… Moses… Elijah… The Transfiguration… and now you’re hearing this… My brothers and sisters in Christ… Make sure you understand too equally as well… The good Lord is speaking to them about a Triune God… Remember He says God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit… That’s how they are to be baptized… Not in the name of the father and in the name of the son and of the Holy Spirit ...Though it would be three separate gods… this is why you and I can’t get baptized by the sanctifier the redeemer and creator… Brothers and sisters in Christ… Remember they are distinct but they are not separate… Brothers and sisters in Christ… You know what’s amazing… That they go up the hill they fall prostrate… this is why you and I kneel during the Mass… anybody who is a first century Jew... knows that when they recognize Christ for who He was… And is… Very few… They either knelt… bowed… or laid prostrate… They’re laying prostrate… Brothers and sisters in Christ… You know what’s amazing… Is that that is why you and I kneel at Mass… That’s why you genuflect… you know it’s still amazing… They still doubted and they had seen all the miracles and so still do you and I… Brothers and sisters in Christ… Whenever they use the word ‘until’ make sure you as Catholics understand this… The word until in English means that when we say the word up until this point implies that it changes… Afterwords… For a first century Jew… That’s not true… I will be with you until the end of time… Am I to assume that He’s leaving… No brothers and sisters… It’s the second coming… Nothing has changed… He just doesn’t want you to focus passed the end of time… Mary did not have relations with Joseph until she bore him a child… Nothing changed after words… She knows it… Moreover he knows it… And moreover so do you and I know it… Until does not mean change… It means focus up until the point…
D. Now brothers and sisters in Christ… Go back in scripture… Think about all the great players that we’ve had in scripture… everyone of them who’s been in that book of life has gone out and done something… They have and Go button… Man… John… go therefore and baptize our Savior and bring Him into the world and be the precursor for Christ… And soon enough he becomes the Baptist… Saul… Go therefore and bring to the Gentiles to you and I... the new Faith… Holy Mother Church… the Catholic religion and then he becomes Paul…Go Simon and begin My church… And upon this rock I will build My church …you will be the first pope the first victor... you will be the leader of Holy Mother Church... and then comes Peter… My brother and sisters in Christ… Throughout scripture all of our best players are those that went out and did something… They went out and did something brothers and sisters in Christ… Mary Magdalene… Because she decides to get up and Go on Easter Sunday… When everyone else is sleeping… Peter the 12… She decides to go to a tomb… Which has a rock too big for her to move… Guarded by “guards who know her all too well”… Not to mention closed and sealed by Pilate himself… But because she goes the distance... she is the first to see the Risen Christ… Nothing is changed in 2000 years… My brothers and sisters in Christ…
E. The question for you and I is… Will we go out and go therefore baptizing all in the name of the Father and the Son and making them disciples of all nations… Brothers and sisters in Christ… And make sure you understand this… This is called the Great Commission… Today we are the Great Omission… when I was protestant I would be preaching to you now just except Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and your saved… And what a lie that has fallen to be… Because you just made the great commission the great omission… My brothers and sisters in Christ… Did you listen to the last sentence?… Teaching them to observe… Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you to do… I didn’t say teaching you to say these words… I said teaching you observe all I have commanded you to do… Therefore we must put words into action… Therefore we must go and make disciples of our families… of those that don’t believe in Jesus Christ… of those that don’t understand our faith… So today when you leave and this week will you go therefore and teach that one family member about our faith… Will you go therefore and start talking to people about Holy Mother Church… Will you go therefore and talk to them about the Sacraments… Will you go out there and teach them about the Blessed Mother being ever Virgin... Will you talk to them about St. Joseph who knew all too well but if he touchs the tabernacle like Aaron he too would lose his life… Will we go therefore and teach people… Remember brothers and sisters in Christ… I am the second line of defense… You are the first… it’s your children… It’s your soul… I can only back your play… You have to teach them the faith… We can no longer afford to use the excuse… Well the church did not teach me… Well I mean I just do not know scripture… Hey… That excuse has done sailed… This is on you… It’s on me… It’s on the priesthood… It’s time to teach our children… It’s time to teach our family… You know what’s amazing… That we can go outside and we can talk about anybody we want… We can put it in an email in a text message… And we can even talk about others we can’t even talk about God …providing that we ask him to damn something… But don’t you dare speak about God in public… Now that’s just got to stop… Brothers and sisters in Christ… Did you hear the young people in Santa Fe high school… Man I guess it’s time to bring prayer back in school… out of the mouth of the young one… And here we are… We have made our prayer life so private… That the world just cascades out of control … My brothers and sisters in Christ… We have run Christ out of the conference room… The board room… And the classroom… And now we wonder why we sit in such dismay… Because we don’t want to speak about God in public… We don’t want to go out there and talk to him… He never said go out malign one another… He never said go out and gossip… He said never go out and cuss… Please use My name in vain when you think it’s appropriate… Brothers and sisters in Christ…He said go therefore and make disciples of men of all nations… Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you… My brothers and sisters in Christ… If we spend more time texting then we do using the name Jesus Christ or in prayer we are delusional… If we think we are doing the right thing… If we spend more time talking about other people then Jesus Christ we are misguided… If we don’t spend more time talking about our Savior and instilling in our children talking about at the dinner table… Talking to the family members … to those coworkers… My brothers and sisters in Christ… We have to stop apologizing for being Catholic… We have to stop apologizing for being Christian… We have to stop apologizing for offending their feelings back and have no worries about His… My brothers and sisters in Christ… Go… Go… Go… Teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you to do…
F. My brothers and sisters in Christ I leave you in the words of Mark Twain… Someone asked Mr. Twain so why should I go out on the proverbial limb … I don’t think we should go out on the proverbial limb... Mr. Twain answered Oh yes… Yes we’re going to go out on the proverbial limb… Because that’s where the fruit is… Still true today… Go… Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded…
G. Amen… In the name of the father and the son and the Holy Spirit…

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