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Matthew 14:13-21; (As built; #246; 1-22-17)

“Follow thru” (finish what you started…)

B … The Year is 1952…. And if you had to describe him in 10 words or less, well….maybe 3 words or less….many would say… eccentric… some would say… different… but almost all would say… BRILLIANT!!! HIS NAME…. GEORGE DeMESTRAL!!! He was an electrical Swiss engineer by trade…. And … Did you know that at 12…he developed one of the first toy airplanes, that was eventually patented…. At 12 years of age!!! But one thing he loved to do was hunt…in the Swiss Alps, with his dog at this side…. And each time he would come back… his dog would be covered with these….. these…. Numerous… ‘Things’! Some people would call them cockleburs… some…. Bur’s… some people who live in south Louisiana…and truly Cajuns… they would say… panapanapans…. BUT most would just call them… ‘Hitchhikers’! His dog would be covered with them…and George could not get over just how strong they would stick to his dog… you will literally have to pull them off with pliers, or a very strong grip! George counted that there must be at least 100 hooks per inch on those ‘hitchhikers’! So…George De Mestral…decides, what if he could invent something that would work that good ….so that people could use these to attach things, close and open things, or secure things to other things…. Well, he gets after it…. He heads to France…. Which was the World’s leader in fabrics, in distribution, manufacturing, production…etc… yet, he could not get one company interested in his idea…. BUT HE WANTED TO SEE THIS THRU….. Then finally…one company goes out on a limb…George, showed them the idea, the concept…how it came to pass…so they begin to play with cotton fabrics… then synthetic fibers and then finally…he found the right type of material…nylon!!! … it took 8 years to finally get what they wanted…. 8 years!!!! George was all about ….FOLLOWING THROUGH!!! Yet it wasn’t until NASA started to use them on the space suits…that George’s business took off…. They came up will all kinds of names… the Zipper less Zippers… but he wanted something French…since they did help….and so, George DeMestral….came up with a word…which is a cross between Velour & Crochet… Vel-Cro….!!! All because George was all about ‘following thru’!!!!
C. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THE GOSPEL IS ABOUT…. Christ is FOLLOWING THROUGH… with what the prophet proclaimed… that Christ, the Messiah, would return and gather the 12 tribes back together… and HE is going to start with the first two tribes to be taken …… Zebueln… and Naphtali… let me explain…1000 years ago King David is King of Israel … and life is Good! All 12 tribes are together… in sinc… then comes King Solomon… life is still Good… well about the year 900 BC… the kingdoms split because of the death of Solomon… then about 700 c… the Assyrians come knocking in the north… taking over and running rough shod over the Israelites… taking and disersing people anywhere and everywhere… so when Isaiah makes his proclamation… in the year 600 BC… he is trying to tell the people, that a Light with come and bring the tribes back together, starting with these two cities… and for a first century jew… this is HUGE!!! They are waiting for the Messiah… they know HE will lead a new exodus and to do this …HE will bring the 12 tribes back together… so the Good Lord is giving them a HINT… by saying, the Kingdom of God is at hand!! And then, he not only leaves to head towards the two lost tribes…he begins picking HIS 12, in which the 12 tribes will answer….

SCRIPTURE is all about FOLLOWING THRU…. Let me explain… Throughout the History of Mankind…. If there is one thing that plagues us… its ability or inability to FOLLOW THROUGH… JUDAS, is living proof of what happens when we don’t FOLLOW THROUGH…. He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior, called him the Savior of the world, even held his money… but when push comes to shove… at the end of the day…. Christ’s last sentences about judas says it all… ‘satan entered him, the son of perdition, better he never been born’…. Judas is two words away from being St Judas… Im sorry! Yet, he FAILS TO FOLLOW THROUGH…. Yet for every one of these, there are those who get it…. say what you want about Job…but when push comes to shove… losing all his sheep, cattle and camels in one day… not to mention his 7 sons and 3 daughters… his response, ‘naked came I into the world, naked will I return’…. He FOLLOWS THROUGH AND IS BLESSED EVEN MORE… Moses, spends 40 years in the desert… granted he does not enter the Promise Land… but he PROMISED THEM THEY WOULD… AND AFTER 40 years…. He FOLLOWS THROUGH…they enter the promise land… what about the Apostles… you can say what you want about PETER…but at the end of the day…when the dust settles… PETER FOLLOW THRU… to the point of being crucified… albeit upside down! After the resurrection… Peter is walking with John, heading to the Temple… and there is a cripple man lying at the entrance of the Temple… he must have wanted money, for Peter tells him, that he has no gold or silver… but what he does have is Jesus Christ…he grabs the cripples hand and he raises him to walk… Peter is FOLLOWING THRU WHERE HIS SAVIOR LEFT OFF!!! In the Acts of the Apostles, Peter is walking through Solomon’s portico, and if you have ever seen this area…it is attached to the Temple with these Massive columns…there must be about 80 total…they are MASSIVE… about 40 per side… and he, Peter was walking between these columns healing people…so much so…that people were lined up… all the way down… cripples, lepers, blind, deaf, etc… so much so, that if Peter walked by and his shadow fell on someone… HIS SHADOWN WOULD FALL ON SOMEONE… that would cure them!!! Once again, much like our Savior curing the woman who was hemorrhaging, but touching His cloak…the same was true of Peter… but this time, it was only his shadow!!! PETER IS FOLLOWING THRU WHERE HIS SAVIOR LEFT OFF!!! Peter also anointed disciples, priest if you will… liked Stephen, Timon, Nicholas, etc…. and to show how well Peter was FOLLOWING THRU like his Savior… when Peter entered the house of Cornelius, and Cornelius falls at Peter’s feet…Peter immediately reminds him NOT to do that… that he is just a man… FOLLOWING OUR SAVIOR!!
And now, it is 2000 years later…how well are we FOLLOWING THRU…On what our Savior taught us…. Well… let’s see….from a personal perspective… are we willing to LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR AS OURSELVES… when they call us…and we know we will be on the phone for ‘days’… talking about the same thing…yet all over again… will we FOLLOW THRU??? When we see that person coming forward…and we want to walk the other way…or look busy… will we meet them, say hello, reach out to them… help them… WILL WE FOLLOW THRU??? When people begin to gossip… will turn away, offer to pray for them…. Even if we will look bad in front of others… will we FOLLOW THRU??? When someone gives us a left handed compliment…you know the one…where they are condescending… or argumentative…or being hurtful… WILL WE TURN THE OTHER CHEEK… AS OUR SAVIOR TOLD US… WILL WE FOLLOW THRU??? ………. What about at WORK… will we put forth that extra effort… spend that extra time… when we KNOW we will not be compensated for the effort or time… nor will we get the recognition… will we FOLLOW THRU…??? FOR WE FOLLOW CHRIST…WE ARE HIS DISICPLES!!!!..... When you are home… will you give your time to your spouse…to your children…to your parents…when they wish to speak…. WILL YOU FOLLOW THRU… like Christ did…Will you listen to your parents… like the COMMANDMENT…… COMMANDS…. That would be number 4….
Will you stay up late to finish the rosary you started… will you get up early to start the day the RIGHT WAY… will you make an extra mass… pray one extra prayer a day, that’s over 350 prayers a year… will you FOLLOW THROUGH!!! Will you go to one confession per month… try adoration… please UNDERSTAND… I do not care about the news years resolution… of working out more, watching you calorie intake, cutting back on booze … because when you pass none of this ever matter…. What I AM CONCERNED ABOUT… is what happens after …AFTER… the last day… your… SOUL… will you follow thru with the extra SACRAMENTS, the prayers, the commandments, the ADORATION…
Will you write that thank you card, you promised…??? Will you call them back, as you promised…? Will you stop by as you promised….? Will you make the errand, you promised…?
My Friends in Christ… I leave you with this…. At the end of the day…it is real simple…YOU EITHER FOLLOW THRU…. OR YOU DID NOT!!! … at the end of the day…You either will be described by others as a Disciple of Jesus Christ…or you will NOT…. At the end of the day… did you finish the race… or you did NOT… at the end of the day you FOLLOWED COMMANDMETS OR YOU DID NOT… I promise you… the time to negotiate your SALAVATION IS NOW…NOT WHEN YOU ARE IN FRONT OF HIM!!!

YES OR NO…. CAN YOU, WILL YOU… DID YOU… FOLLOW THRU!
I leave you with the words of a very wealthy man….’if you want to succeed… then first, think it through… and now, FOLLOW THROUGH!!
AMEN!!!

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