2017 Homilies (Written)

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Matthew 5:1-11 (As Built, Amite #247; 1-29-17)

The Beatitudes (9 Beatitudes; actually 7, 2 are overall… each Beatitude build on the previous one….the first Beatitude is the Main One…Blessed are the Pour in Spirit… which means, Fear of the Lord… in a good way, like to have a child like reference of God; latin, ‘beatus’ means beatitude… greek; ‘makarious’ means happy… in the next life… if you want to make it through this life… follow the heavenly understandings of the beatitudes… each one building on the prior one… hence, the first beatitude , pour in spirit, is the most important…. Childlike reference for God, fear of the Lord)

“Word” (to give your word…)
… The Year is 1919… and his name is Alex… he was born in Scotland, lived in Canada for a while… and now resides in Boston, Massachusetts … and his family is the consummate… Intellectuals! And Alex… well, he is the pick of the liter… he is absolutely brilliant! Did you know that by the age of 12… when a family friend, who owned a wheat field, approached their family about helping to husk/clean wheat… the owner needed more manpower to break down the wheat stalks… Alex invented a machine… with paddles and nails… revolving at a certain rpm… that actually removed the outer coverings of the wheat stalk! He did this at the age of…. 12! Not long after… when someone approached him about a playing the piano… Alex informed him, that he did not know how to play the piano… but that he gave his WORD… that he would help out… Alex learned how to play the piano by sound… he, Alex became enamored with sound, acoustics… so much so… that he felt he needed to help the deaf …so he created what you and I call, sign language! Not long after that episode… someone approached him about helping detect metal in objects… as always, Alex gave him his WORD… and he invented a metal detector! Not many people really even knew, that Alex’s favorite past time… is aviation/ flight… he LOVED FLIGHT…!!! So it was no surprise, that when his friend came to talk to him about helping out with a boat design for the US Navy… they needed ships with more speed…. Alex not only gave him his WORD to help… but gave him a design that was brilliant! You see, Alex’s design was different…he, Alex explained to his friend, that the only way to increase the speed of a boat or ship… , besides a bigger motor, was to reduce the friction caused by the water rubbing against the bottom of the boat… so Alex told his buddy, what they need to do is raise the bottom of the boat, out of the water!!!! Like it was flying…Alex explained…. First, you take the prop off the back of the Boat… put it about the Boat on a plain, a wing if you will… then placed some boards down into the water to obtain lift… thus came the first Hydrofoil… they called it HD-4!!! And boy could it scoot… When the US Navy came to test the HD-4… in a secluded place… it was a big hit… it hit speeds of over 70 mph!!! The US Navy responded, it is too radical!!! GO FIGURE!!! Alex informed the US Navy officials… ‘if you want to win a war, or protect a country…. You must control the air’!!! Well, what is truly amazing… is that Alex invented the hydrofoil, prior to the Wright brothers taking flight in Kitty Hawk, NC!!!! Well, like all things… Alex moved onto other things…. And once again, another friend came calling… and he too wanted Alex’s help… Alex gave his WORD…that he would help, without question… his friend you see, Watson… is an electrician… and he wanted to invent a way to send sound over electrical wires… and they worked and worked… until finally… they got the machine to work…so Watson went to one room, and Alex another… and then.. The first words were spoken over this machine… “Watson, come in here’! Yes my B & S in Christ, Alex, who is committed to keeping his WORD…, just invented the telephone… and you know, Alex… Alexander Graham Bell!!!
THE GOSPEL TODAY IS ALL ABOUT… keeping HIS WORD!! My Friends in Christ… the Beatitudes….. Are all about what happens to you and I… from the time we are born, until we return home… the Beatitudes are all about…LIFE!!!! The Good Lord is making it patently clear… “IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD, THE WAS GOD, THE WORD WITH GOD, THE WORD, IS GOD…. IN THE BEGINNING TROUGH THE END OF TIME… I GIVE YOU …. MY WORD… ….. listen, please listen…I GIVE YOU MY WORD…. That if you promise… PROMISE…TO REMAIN POUR IN SPIRIT… by that I mean to maintain a CHILD LIKE REFERENCE FOR GOD… A FEAR OF THE LORD…that you never forget I am God and we are not… thank GOD….that without ME, you have no existence…. No essence… no being… that you have no air for your lungs for you have no lungs… that I crated you… knew your name in your mother’s womb… that if WE…STAY HUMBLE… THE HUMALITY OF ALL HUMILITES… THAT IF YOU REMEMBER this…. that as LIFE unfolds… I WILL BE WITH YOU, every step of the way… ALL THE WAY THROUGH… to the pearly gates themselves…
Let’s make sure we understand the setting of the Gospel…#3 things you need to REMEMBER… ABOUT the Sermon on the MOUNT… remember, everyone is looking for the Messiah… and if they are smart… and know Scripture… they know it will not be a commander of the armies, it will not be a politician… it will not be a zealot… it will be in the words of Moses (Deut)….’someone like me’…. Hence, as a first century Jew… like you and I would recall… that Moses came down a mountain with the 10 and explained how to make life work amongst ourselves… don’t kill, steal, be adulterous, bear false witness, etc…. and now Christ is taking them up the mountain… closer to heaven if you will… to explain heavenly realities that will help you make it THROUGH LIFE… bring you closer to heaven hear on earth… one step closer to the pearly gates… hence, why the first and last beatitude… begin and end with the kingdom of heaven… the beatitudes are framed within this setting… starting and ending with Heaven!!! Furthermore, as a first century Jew, we would also know that sitting to explain scripture is something a scholar would have done in a synagogue … and Moses as well!!! 2, each Beatitude is built on the previous one, hence 2 on 1, 3 on 2 and 1, etc.. hence, the first is the most important… FEAR OF THE LORD, A CHILD LIKE REFERENCE FOR GOD…#3 so when people say, I have a personal relationship with God… that flies in the face of the first Beatitude… it is actually a contradiction… you must have a CONVENTAIL RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST… a covenant is an understanding/promise/agreement, that He is God and we are not… that we must partake of HIS flesh and His Blood for they are true food…and if He is not within us, we are not in HIM…we will not have eternal life… !!! That’s the promise … the relationship is vertical not horizontal… every knee must bene, in heaven, on earth and under the earth…
…LET US NEVER FORGET… THAT IF WE ARE TRULY HUMBLE, AND KNOW THAT to realize how ‘poor’ we would be without HIM… not even existing… that we need have a certain amount of fear of the Lord, like a childlike reference for God… that HE WILL NEVER LEAVE OUR SIDE… so when…….

…we mourn about life, the people we have lost, the sense of hopelessness in the world… the hardness of hearts… that he will GIVE US HIS WORD… that He tells us… THAT HE KNOWS what it is was like to lose his closest friend Lazarus, to have close friends lose faith in HIM… Martha and Mary… to have people disrespect HIM… that I GIVE YOUU MY WORD… THAT I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOUR SIDE…
… When we become MEEK, internally strong… to turn the other cheek when we are belittled, condemned, judged, lied too, cursed at, hit upon, gossiped, slandered, texted about, Facebook, tweeted…and everything in between… HE GIVES US HIS WORD… that when they left hand you, HE WILL TAKE THE HIT WITH YOU… MOREOVER, HE WILL STAND IN FRONT OF YOU SO THAT HE MAY TAKE THE HIT FIRST…
… When you seek justice…for all the wrongs committed against you, for all the trials that fall upon you and no one else… for the injustice in the world… HE WILL GIVE US HIS WORD… that HE knows what it means TO BE A victim, THE VICTIM… so much so, that HE WILL WRAP HIS ARMS AROUND US… SO THAT WE WILL NEVER FEEL OR BE LEFT ALONE….
… When we offer mercy… even if they do not accept it… to those who offended us, mistreated us, lied to us, judged us… or in any way maligned you and I… HE GIVES US HIS WORD, THAT AT OUR JUDGMENT HE WILL SHOW YOU AN D I MERCY that will redefine the word for all who come after us…
… When we maintain a pure heart… fight the good fight against the seven deadly sins… HE GIVES US HIS WORD, that the Grace we received to do such… will come with such bounty… it will flow to others!!!
… When offer peace to others… an olive branch to those … who take it and beat us with it… HE GIVES US HIS WORD… that HE WILL BLESS WITH THE GIFT OF ST PAUL… TO TAKE A HIT… YET NEVER FALL
… When we are persecuted… for anything and everything… we can’t do anything right… GIFT OF RESILENCY THAT HAS NOT BEEN SEEN SINCE THE DAYS OF PETER…

HE GIVES US HIS WORD… THAT HE WILL STAND BY OUR SIDE… TILL WE REACH THE PEARLY GATES… as long as we remember our humility, our poor in spirit…. Our childlike fear of the Lord…

SIDE NOTE: (There are 7 Beatitudes actually, the last two are generalized statements… but more importantly… the Beatitudes each build on the prior Beatitude… THE FIRST ONE is the foundation… the first one, “Blessed are the Poor in Spirit”… which means fear of the Lord, but in a childlike reference to God… and the second builds off of this one… and the third one builds off number 2, which is founded on the first one… )

THROUGOUT THE HISTORY OF MANKIND… people fall into two categories… those who KEEP THEIR WORD…AND THOSE WHO CANT SPELL word!!! Take Pilate…he proclaims he is a great judge… and justice for all…yet, when he meets the TRUE JUSTICE… and at the first sign of trouble, he folds like a tent… and ‘washes his hands of him’! Judas for 30 pieces of silver, puts a decimal point to his name… to his word!!! Yet for everyone one of these, there is someone, whose WORD is TRUE!!! The Holy Mother, ‘whatever the angel wants, whatever GOD wants… I will do!!! Her WORD… GOLDEN!!! St Joseph…. He too… he gives HIS WORD to protect Mary, and Her CHILD… he is the CONSUMATE HUSBAND!!!
Well, here we sit… 2000 years later… are we…OR… are we NOT… a person of our WORD?!?!?!?!.... Lets see… when we give our WORD… to stop by and visit someone … do we??? When we give our WORD… to call someone later today or tomorrow… do we??? When we give our WORD to be there at a certain time… do we??? Or do we give a 1000 excuses why we are late… When we give our WORD to do something… help someone… pick something up… stay late… get there early… put in the extra effort to help out… DO WE???? HOW COMMITTED ARE WE TO OUR OWN…. WORD!?!?!?
Please tell me… that Napoleon is not right… NOT RIGHT…when he said, “the only time we keep our WORD, is when we don’t give it”!!!
Stay True to your, WORD!!!
Amen!!!

SIDE NOTE 2: (Beatitudes are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit… somewhat in reverse order; to help explain versus simply listing the Gifts…piety, understanding, counsel, knowledge, wisdom, fortitude, and fear of the Lord
Blessed are the pour in Spirit… fear of the Lord/reverence towards God

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