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Luke 1:57-66, 80; 6-24-2018 (As Built; Amite #310)

A. Called…Called…as in called by name…called by description…maybe called by an act…called…
B. My B&S in Christ…if you and I were to ask him his name…his nickname would have been as sad as it would have been…Sparky…Sparky… as a matter of fact B&S in Christ…If you and I were to ask Sparky in ten words or less…tell me something about you…describe yourself…Ten words… he said I can do it in one…Loser…Loser…No ifs…no ands…no buts…I’m a loser…If you and I were to ask Sparky why he believes such he would say from the 9th grade to the 12th grade was an unmitigated disaster…He said…do you know I did not pass one class in high school…Not most of them…some of them… He didn’t pass any… he didn’t pass Math…Science…English…the boy failed P.E. B&S in Christ… He even failed Latin… which you know what…that’s ok… I get that… B&S in Christ… in Physics class to this day…to this day… he still owns the record of never getting one answer right…on any test…He averaged a zero to this day still the record at the high school… As a result of such… he said… I tried to join the golf team…they would have none of it… He said I tried to join the yearbook staff…he said even they wouldn’t take me… He said I tried to be on the school’s newspaper… man they wouldn’t touch me with a ten foot pole… He said you know… I only had one gift…He said I could sketch a little bit…and I could write a few little stories…but that’s about it…But I knew…I knew it still was a gift…So what does he decide…Sparky or Loser… however you want to call him… decides to take his drawings…his sketches …he’s little writings… he puts them in a little box and he mails them to all people Walt Disney…Disney…Walt himself gets it… thanks him for his time but says no… But atleast the letter was kind… Maybe some other time…maybe another day but not right now…Man… and when he got that letter …Sparky…Loser… would tell you…it gave him atleast a little hope… Well… the days go by and things get back the way they were…he’s a little depressed he’s a little down… he gets a call from the local newspaper…and the editor saying… Look Sparky here’s the deal…we have one spot left open this weekend… not next weekend… not next month… Saturday and Sunday… it’s your fifteen minutes. You can write or sketch whatever you want…I’m gonna put you at the bottom of the comic strips… do whatever you want…here’s your fifteen minutes…Man he goes home and he begins to contemplate and he says you know what… Why don’t I just call it like it is…I’m a loser so I’m just gonna sketch what I know best…I’m gonna sketch a loser… B&S in Christ… his first comic strip has to do with the fact that he can’t get a kite off the ground… He can’t get a kite off the ground… for the 8 people that just caught that God Bless You more than you know...My B&S in Christ… the next thing you know he does another sketch where he’s a baseball pitcher…they give him one more day… this is where every line drive that goes up up over the pitcher’s mound declothes him … disrobes him … he’s almost knocked unconscious on the mound… Then they liked it so much they gave him another weekend…this is where he’s at the Halloween Patch and it’s all Halloween waiting for this big pumpkin … Man they couldn’t wait for the next week when he can’t even kick a football cuz the lady won’t hold it for him… Yeah my B&S in Christ…you know Sparky…you know the loser as Charlie Brown….But the truth of the matter is… it was Charles ‘Sparky’ Schultz B&S in Christ… The one that wrote about Charlie Brown… you know what’s amazing B&S in Christ… He may have been called a loser back in the day…but today still today… he’s probably called one of the greatest cartoonist that ever walked… It’s all about being called…
C. That is exactly what that Gospel is about… It’s about being called… And they will call him… John… My B&S in Christ… his name means…Lord is gracious…or the Lord’s Grace… Now remember if you’re a 1st century Jew… and we go back to this timeframe… Remember the setting… Zachariah is a high priest…and the way it works is they rotate the priest through the temple… whether its for the 30 days…or 60 days… or however long… There is one high priest and then there is a circuit on which they rotate…While they are in the Temple they are celibate… The high priest there remains celibate…this is where the priesthood gets it from… As a result of such my B&S in Christ… he’s praying and an angel appears to him and tells him that his wife will be pregnant…Now remember…she is quite up in age and she is barren… This is nothing short of miraculous… And as a result of such… he asks… how can this be so… and then he explains to the angel how this can’t be so… You know what’s ironic about that statement… the Blessed Mother said almost the exact same thing… How can this be…when the angel told her she would be with Child…and that the Holy Spirit will overshadow her… And then she said…how can this be for I do not know man… But yet… there was no retribution towards her or recompense …because it was the manner of which she asked… Obviously Zachariah had a little attitude… and as a result he’s mute until the birth of the child… My B&S in Christ… that’s why they had to give him something to write…so that he can too write the name John…My B&S in Christ… and remember this too… this is important for you and I 2000 years later… Remember all the times you hear today in the world…that you don’t baptize young people… you can only baptize them when they are recognized and able to be able to say …I’ve accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior…I know you’ve heard it…It’s incessant… that you don’t baptize your children… He’s baptized in the womb… what does that say!... My B&S in Christ… when he leaps in his mother’s womb, Elizabeth, because the Blessed Mother has entered their house carrying the Christ child… Elizabeth gets it…because what does she say…How can this be that the mother of Our Lord, the Ark of the Covenant come to me… She recognizes Christ is within her… the baby leaps in her womb… that was his baptism… to recognize Christ…the removal of original sin… The high priest himself Zachariah…is still mute… He still doesn’t get it… Mary stays three months… he doesn’t get it till the very end… the birth of John the Baptist… My B&S in Christ… never forget that… his baptism…the Baptist… was baptized in the womb…
D. My B&S in Christ… go back throughout our history… our 2000 years of scripture… My B&S in Christ…people were called different ways… Some people were called by description…some people were called by name… some people were called by reaction… let me explain… Some people are called by description… ‘the new Eve’… ‘woman’ at the wedding of cana…and He called her that again at the Crucifixion… She is the Blessed Mother but she was called by her description… ‘the new Eve’ … ‘the Mother of all living’… B&S in Christ…their are the ‘sons of thunder’ they were called because James and John wanted to bring down thunder to take care of an unruly crowd… My B&S in Christ… one apostle was called by description…the ‘son of perdition’… Judas…Then there are those B&S in Christ in scripture who were called by name… For example…if I told you his name is Thaddaeus… one of the apostles that you see speared to death later in life… in our courtyard…My B&S in Christ…his original name to go by was Jude or Judas… He changes or they change and he goes by another name Thaddaeus…why…because B&S in Christ… would you want to be going into a town … saying I’m Judas… chances are you’d be stoned to death before you got ten feet into the town… He was called by his name… and so was all twelve.. My B&S in Christ… some people were called on how they reacted… some were called ‘the good Samaritan’… some were called ‘the rich fool’… some were called ‘the unrighteous steward’… some were called ‘the good young man’…
E. My B&S in Christ… throughout our lifetime people are called different ways… 2000 years later the question you and I need to ask is how will you and I be called on our judgement day… The minute…second…nanosecond that you and I pass… the nanosecond we pass we will be judged… How will we be called when we stand before Him… Will He call us by our names…will He call us by our description… will He call us on how we react… ‘unworthy servant’… ‘unjust steward’ … ‘prodigal son’… B&S in Christ… ask yourself… how will you and I be called… Are our names written in the Book of Life …they either are or they are not… Remember what I tell you… that there are no neutral good in this world… Your either walking towards Him or your walking away from Him… C.K. Chesteron is stop on…Every inch of every foot… every foot of every yard… every yard of every mile is fought over between the evil one and the Good Lord… Every second of every minute…every minute of every hour…every hour of every day…every day of every year is fought over… it’s never neutral… How you and I respond to people when they come up on our path… How you and I respond to people at work… at a conversation… in an email or text message… were we or were we not called to be follows of Jesus Christ… When you get off that email… that text message… that phone call… you were at work and you had a conversation… When you walk away…will people know you were followers of Jesus Christ… Will they know that you are Apostolic… that you follow the apostles… Will they know that you are called to be a good Catholic man and woman… You’re not called just to be a good engineer… a good doctor…lawyer… understanding of math… of cattle… of animals… of land… B&S you and I were called to be followers of Jesus Christ… How will everybody else know …how will our Good Lord know any different… if we don’t act accordingly… The problem you gotta ask yourself is it’s not a part time thing… it’s an all-time thing… So the question you gotta ask yourself is if your not gonna do it for the small things… an email… a text message… a phone call… a brief conversation… then how are you gonna handle it in the way of your life… It has to be a discipline… it has to be a habit… Any and everytime we have a conversation… and we walk away… will they stand up and say…that was a disciple of Jesus Christ… Will they walk away and say … My God that was Apostolic… that was the holiest person I met… I wouldn’t have even thought of Jesus Christ if it hadn’t been of them… Were you called B&S in Christ to be leaders for Jesus Christ… When they ask you to pray will you stand up and say I will pray… or will you just kinda take that one step back and pray to God that they don’t call you… Will you make the sign of the cross clearly and distinctly and stop apologizing for being part of Holy Mother Church… My B&S in Christ… we are a follower of Jesus Christ… we are part of the Apostolic Tradition… were part of His Church started 2000 years ago… You and I are called to be followers of that… We gotta stop backing up on this and thinking that somehow or another we’ll catch it later on… That it’s not for us to do… Remember… evil will prevail…when good men and women do nothing… evil will prevail… Your Catholicity… your Christianity … your discipleship… or Apostolicship must not stop at the edge of the doors of this Church… Anyone can be a good prayer inside the Church… The problem is are you willing to do it outside of here… you are called of such… we are called to be saints…
F. My B&S in Christ… and I leave you with the words of Abraham Lincoln… I don’t know if you’ve seen a picture of Abraham Lincoln… he’s not the most handsome guy in the world… As a matter of fact… if you asked Lincoln what he thought he would “tell you”… I’ve been beaten by the ugly stick make no mistake about it… My B&S in Christ… he’s at a debate… and the guy that he’s debating is going up one side and down the other… Lincoln doesn’t even get a word in edgewise… He’s saying… Mr. Lincoln you are two-faced!!… That’s your problem!!...And he starts yelling and screaming… so much so that the people in the audience start to yell it too…Mr. Lincoln is two-faced!!... Mr. Lincoln can’t get over this… he stands up and says… I just have one thing to say… You accuse me of being two-faced… not once… not twice… but multiple times… My brothers…he says… Look at me… if I had another face wouldn’t you had worn it?... Called
Amen… In the name of the Father…and the Son… and the Holy Spirit… Amen

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