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Matthew 18:15-20 (As built, #252 Amite, 3-12-17)

‘Listen’
Mr. Alexander is …worried! He should be… He has a right to be …. The economy is ‘going south’…and so is the Nation! All the experts say, that is going to be a ‘recession’…but Mr. Alexander knows better…(point to your brain…)…he has seen this all before…he has lived through it… the country is headed for a ‘depression’! The Pres of the US…at this time… is Martin Van Buren…. The people call him Martin Van Ruin….because whatever he touches…he ruins! Well, his biggest worry… is his daughters… they have married two good young men… William and James…but they own their own businesses…and his two daughters are worried… that the economy will cause them grave difficulties… and they asked if he would speak to them… Mr. Alexander thought it over…worked through some things… and called William and James…he sat them down…and said, “LISTEN… to me… I have lived and been through the Greatest Depression…and one thing is for certain… there will be certain commodities that will become scarce and very expensive… one will be animal fat…this is important to you William, for you make candles…and it will be important for you to James…you make soap…but if we combine our efforts, manpower, equipment, we might make it through….it will cost us about 3500 each to do so!!! YOU MUST… LISTEN …. TO ME!!! The young men, William the candle maker and James the soap maker… agreed… to join forces! Well, it was a rocky start…but they had better days than bad ones…and were well on their way…then one day… everything turned…. For the good…all because of a MISTAKE…you see … when William and James left for lunch…one of their employees…left the air machine on while making the soap…and when they came back… the SOAP WAS FLOATING…. (pause…) the SOAP WAS FLOATING… does this sound familiar… William and James made a fortune on adv and selling the SOAP THAT FLOATS… yes my B & S…in Christ…the soap was none other than IVORY SOAP… but do you recall the names of the young men…you do know them…but by their last names…. WILLIAM PROCTOR AND JAMES GAMBLE….PROCTOR AND GAMBLE...!! Their business became a success because of the ‘mistake’ with IVORY soap….but more because they … LISTENED!!!!
B & S… that is the Gospel!!!! … Twice we hear the word/concept to…LISTEN!! God the Father, speaking through the cloud… This is My Son, whom I am well Pleased… Listen to HIM! The Good Lord, Christ tells his Apostles not to speak of this incident, the Transfiguration, until after the resurrection…. LISTEN and do as I tell you!
As a first century jew… the understanding of Christ going up the mountain on the 7th day, reminds the jews of Moses doing the same up Mt Sinai… on the 7the day… Christ goes up with Peter, James and John…Moses goes up with Aaron, Nahab and Abihu … God speaks to moses via the cloud, God speaks to peter via the cloud…
For us today, having Christ become transfigured on the 7th day, show His Divine nature on that day, is yet another reason along with the Resurrection on Easter Sunday, that we celebrate the mass on such day… His Divine presence is felt on that day, the Eucharist…hence, we say, the Body of Christ, not body of Jesus!!!
The reason for the reminding of Peter not to speak to this issue… prior to the resurrection… is to keep Peter from the nay sayers… imagine speaking to People prior to their understanding of the resurrection… that you saw moses, Elijah, Christ as Divine… they would believe Peter to be nothing short of losing his mind…. But if he waits… the story takes on a whole new SIGNIFICANCE!!
THE SCRIPTURE IS full of people who LISTEN… TAKE NOAH…what if he does NOT LISTEN… build an ark…are you kidding me, Lord… it is not even raining…not to mention the harassment that I will go …where are we if NOAH DOES not LISTEN… OH, I SEE… I SEE IT IN YOUR FACES…. Father, Noah is just a story…. Do you really think they put animals on a boat…really! Yes I do… LISTEN… the Good Lord, in the Gospels, uses this story to explain HIS SECOND COMING… MUCH LIKE IN THE TIME OF NOAH, PEOPLE WERE GETTING MARRIED…SO WILL IT BE WHEN THE SON OF MAN RETURNS…! Would the Good Lord have used a story that was not true, to emphasize HIS SECOND COMING… LISTEN!!! WHAT about Joseph… what if he did not want to LISTEN…to the angel… get up now… in the middle of the night…go to Egypt! Take Mary and Her Son…and flee…well, I will go to the foothills of the mountain…Herod won’t look there…. Where would we be…IF HE DID NOT LISTEN… what about the good thief…DISMAS…WHAT if he did not listen to his soul, that inner voice… that said, cry out to HIM…HE IS THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD…. What if he, Dismas, did not say…remember me this day, when you enter your Kingdom….WOULD DISMAS…BE IN PARADISE TODAY!!! What about Judas…what would have happened…had HE LISTEND TO JESUS…. AND NOT DENIED HIM…for 30 pieces of Silver…would the Good Lord have said… ‘IT IS BETTER THAT HE NEVER BEEN BORN’….
MY B & S…IN CHRIST…there is no question …that Noah LISTENED… That Joseph LISTENED… that the good thief LISTENED… and Judas did not…none of this coincidence… that everything BODES WELL FOR THOSE WHO…. LISTEN…and things go south when we DO NOT LISTEN …. TO HIM!!!! The question for you and I…. is do we LISTEN…. TO MOTHER CHURCH… DO WE LISTEN… TO HER AND HER SON…(TURN AND POINT TO THEM….) when it comes to CONFESSION… who are we LISTENING Too…. The rhetoric… out there (Point to the outside world…)… that we can confess our sins to the Big Guy direct… HE NEVER SAID IT… IN SCRIPTURE HE NEVER HEARD ONE CONFESSION… YET SCRIPURE SAYS…. HEB 5 …I WILL CHOOSE PRIEST AMONG MEN FOR THE FORGIVNESS OF SINS…NO ONE…NO ONE IS TO TAKE IT UPON THEMSELVES… ST JAMES… YOU MUST CONFESS YOUR SINS TO ANOTHER…. ST PAUL… HE HAS GIVEN US THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILATION… SO who are you going to LISTEN TO… them (point outside…) or to THEM (POINT TO MARY AND HER SON…HOLY MOTHER CHURCH…)… EVERY MONTH…
What about Marriage… oh, father it is a good thing…but we are just going to live together… sleep around for little bit… AAGHHH (ring the bell, the buzzer) I DON’T THING SO….THE SIN IS MORTAL… when you have relations you MUST BE MARRIED…. FOR YOU GET MARRIED…for love of God, love of spouse and love of children…YOU ARE 0-3!!! ARE YOU LISTENING….
Well father, you know that annulment thing… that is Catholic answer’s for divorce…you know… annulment’s make kids illegitimate… ARE YOU KIDDING ME…WHO ARE YOU LISTENING TO…WHO MAKES THIS STUFF UP… this is TERRIBLE… AND IT IS WRONG!!!!! There are two types of Marriages….sacramental and natural… a sacramental marriage, is like the wedding of Cana…it is so important that Jesus be there… we don’t even know the name of the couple….that is how it is supposed to be…. Then there are those marriages which fall short…it is just a man and woman getting married, getting hitched…for all the wrong reasons… MOTHER CHURCH…is trying to make sure that even if you were married within HER… that in actuality, it was not SACRAMENTAL… it was just a natural thing to do…men and woman get married (only men and women…)…and there may be good fruit that comes from it…children…even though the marriage is a shipwreck!!!! This way you can still receive the Sacraments…. ARE YOU LISTENING….????
Young people, do you know the 4th commandment…are you following the 4th commandment… HONOR THY FATHER AND MOTHER…WHAT ABOU THE REST OF IT…. HONOR THY FATHER AND MOTHER AND YOU WILL LIVE A LONG LIFE IN THE LAND I HAVE GIVEN YOU… LISTEN……………….it is the only commandment that is contingent…do this, this happens…don’t do this and this will surely happen… DO NOT HONOR YOU MOTHER AND FATHER AND YOUR LIFE WILL BE TOMULTUOUS… let’s see…when they speak to you… do you say… huh? What? Are you Sarcastic…walk away…pout…become moody… DO YOU THINK THAT IS HONORABLE…do you…LISTEN TO HER AND HER SON!!! IT IS A COMMAND…MENT…IT WAS WRITTEN IN STONE…NON-NEGOTIABLE…. !!!
What about when someone comes to you… do you really LISTEN TO THEM… or do you say, right after they are finished…you think you got problems..you ought to here mine…??? WERE YOU…LISTENING… OR right when they finish…you say…well, I tell you what you should do..tell him and the horse he just came this….? Were you… LISTENING…they did not come per se for an answer…they just wanted you to … LISTEN!!!!
What if the shoe was on the other foot…and someone came to you to tell you something…you know… you get too ANGRY… you look DOWN… you DRINK TO MUCH…you CURSE TO MUCH… do you say… I HAVE HEARD ENUFF…. I WILL NOT….Listen… I am too proud (beat your chest…) is that where we are…??
…the GOOD LORD KNOWS EVERY …thought that crosses your mind…HE SEES EVERY ACTION… HE LISTENS… TO EVERY WORD…. That crosses you lips… so you might AS WELL LEAN NOW….that we need to take time EVERY DAY… TO LISTEN TO HIM…INSTEAD… Elijah was right…GOD IS NOT IN THE NOISE OF THE WEATHER, THE EARTHQUAKE, THE RAIN, NOR IS HE IS THE COMPTUER, THE FRONT PAGE, THE TV NEWS…AND HE SURELY IS NOT TEXTING YOU… take time every day… TO SIT STILL AND LISTEN….for HIM… HE HAS SOMETHING HE MUST TELL YOU…
I leave you with this… “martin luther king was right in this regard; nothing I say this day, will teach me anything…so if I want to learn anything, I must remain… silent… and …. LISTEN!!!
LISTEN….. amen!!!

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