2017 Homilies (Written)

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JOHN 1:1-38 (As built; #253, 3-26-17)

“follow instructions”
It’s the 1970’s… his name, Alan! Alan was born in Blue Island, Illinois… his dad, was a movie editor/producer… actually he did fairly well at it…and Alan’s mom, was the quintessential mom… the can do mom! If you asked Alan about High School… he would tell you, he made it through HS thanks to his Rock Band… if you were to ask his Mom, she would tell you that she was surprised he made it through HS, thanks to his rock band…. But his mom would tell you… that Alan made it through HS thanks to his drama teacher!! Alan LOVED drama class… so much …. That when he graduated, albeit 18… he started his own theater…. Called Steppenwolf Theatre… he started it in the basement of a Church… he met his wife there… till this day, they are going strong…they did their first play, called… True West! It was a big hit… so much so… other Theatre’s sought out Alans talent… he was in the play….. Which led to LA calling…he got bit parts in knots landing… then Frazier… it was a struggle for a while… Alan will tell you, working in LA is tough… its like a missile… you never know when it is going to take off…always keep you engine running…. but it was then when the movie’s came calling… OF MICE AND MEN, THE REINDEER GAMES… RANSOM with …….. Then Alan meets Tom Hanks… in the Green Mile, where Alan plays the prosecuting attorney against Coffee, the massive black inmate… then he played with Tom Hanks in Apollo 13, as the astronaut that had the measles and missed the flight… but his biggest splash came when he played opposite Tom Hanks…. In a movie, in one scene… they are on a battlefield… when Alan yells out…. Forrest, have you found Jesus Christ…. And Forrest Responds, LT Dan, I did not know we are looking for him!!! Yes, Alan is LT Dan, we know him as Gary Senise …. But it you were to ask Gary, Alan… LT Dan… about his career…he would tell you, that he went thru some difficult times… dark hours… and his one saving grace…. His rock if you will… the instructions he always followed… the instructions of the CATHOLIC CHURCH….

c. THAT IS WHAT THE GOSPEL IS ALL ABOUT…. FOLLOWING THE INSTRUCTIONS… think for a second about the blind man… he does not know who stands before him… who is going to cure him… he ‘sees’ Christ as a man… but one thing is for sure…. HE FOLLOWS INSTRUCTIONS… Christ spits onto the ground… makes a clay… places it on the eyes of the man, and tells him to go to the pool of Siloam … ‘sent’… and make sure you understand… the pool is not down the street… it is across town… A BLIND MAN IS TAKING PEOPLE WHO CAN SEE…TO CHRIST… they are following a blind man….
d. please remember this… any 1st century Jew… will have noticed Christ’s actions… by that I mean… spitting onto the ground… according to Jewish tradition…. God, did this just prior to forming man out of the ground… day 6… it is just dirt… it is the action… the saliva of Christ…of God… that makes man!!! So to see Christ do this…it conjures up, day 6 in the story of Creation…. Moreover… why does HE DO THIS…??? In short… HE does want to pick up the dirt…they will think something of the dirt… it is just…. Dirt… it’s the ground… they have been walking on it since day 1… day 7… if you will…. Remember the story of the Lady at the well… Christ makes the statement HE IS THE LIVING WATER…WHOEVER DRINKS OF HIM WILL NEVER THIRST… you drink of the well…and you will get thirsty again… that saliva that came from Christ to make the clay to cure the blind man… is the LIVING WATER…!!! And to make sure people don’t think the pool had any impact on curing the blind man… HE only asked the blind man to wash his eyes there… the dirt…the water… THE LIVING WATER was already added… the Good Lord plans this all out… so that no one can place the glory anywhere other than… HIMSELF… CHRIST!!!
e. Remember too… that in one day, one afternoon… one SUNDAY afternoon… the blind man goes from thinking Christ a …man, to prophet, to Christ… to LORD…and worships HIM!!! A blind man… is teaching people to SEE THE GREAT I AM… actually, the blind man responds, that he is the one people are talking about …the beggar, the former blind man… when he says, I AM…. capturing the words of Christ…to further highlight…!!!!
f. In defense of the apostles…not so much the Pharisees… who are sinning do to pride… the apostles… are asking about who sinned…the blind man or his parents… because of past history…they are just confused…there is no pride or malicious intent… you see, you remember the story of the crippled man being lowered into the house… and the good Lord says, your sins are forgiven… but so these people will know I AM God…pick up your matt and walk… the crippled man had sins, so they assumed the sins caused the paralysis… so they are assuming the same of the blind man today…
G. The blind man is remarkable in his faith…he is already defending Christ at the extent of being thrown out the synagogue…
H. THROUGHOUT SCRIPTURE…. People fall into two categories… either they follow INSTURCTIONS OR THEY DO NOT… Noah builds an ark to specific instructions… and because he does…he saves his family, the animals not withstanding allowing for creation to continue…. King David builds the ark according to specifications… and because he does, we have the original tabernacle…holding the manna of heaven, the staff of Aaron and the 10 commandments… Fr Abraham follows the instructions… and because he does …we find the promise land…and he becomes the fr of all nations… but for each of these…there is always one who makes a fatal mistake…by not FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS…. Moses…. All he had to do was command water to come out of the rock… but because he hits the rock… he does not make the promise land… he had been talking to God each day… and decides NOT TO FOLLOW INSTRUCITONS… and command water to come forth… Gods words are actions…. in and of themselves…he does not to act…He created the world by mere thought!!!
I. WELL HERE WE SIT SOME 2000 years later…. Do we follow instructions… well lets see… at Christmas putting the bike together… the doll house…did we follow instructions or did we just in… now several hours later, we are nowhere near finishing…and about to take a hostage… when we are asked to run an errand…do we just respond…yeah, I know…I will just go get it or do it… ignoring the instructions…only to have to call once we get there, because everybody is confused…because we DID NOT FOLLOW THE INSRUCTIONS…. What about HOLY MOTHER CHURCH… did you follow HER INSTRUCTIONS… about the 10 commandments…do you know them…there are only 10!!! If you don’t know them, how do you follow the instructions…. Oh I see, we are going to negotiate with God on judgement day…. NOW THAT’S A GREAT PLAN…. Di d you know that God created this marvelous …INTERSTATE SYSTEM…TAKING YOU AND I FROM WOMB TO TOMB…. WE GET ON THE INTERSTATE AT BAPTISM… WE HIT A TOLL BOOTH THAT IS CONFIRMATION… along the guard rails are call boxes….you can go to confession anytime… just call a priest…we have an emergency lane for the sac of the sic… we have the carpool lane for the married, the bike lane for the religious… and the whole thing is built upon the foundations of the EUCHARTIST…. ALL YOU AND I HAVE TO DO…IS FOLLOW THE SIGNS… FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS… AND WE WILL COME TO THE PEARLY GATES!!!
j. I LEAVE YOU WITH THE WORDS OF MARTIN LUTHER KING… when asked about God…when we see HIM, come to know HIM what should we do… he said; so to speak…FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS… FLY TO HIM, IF YOU CANT…THEN RUN TO HIM…IF YOU CANT, THEN WALK TO HIM…IF YOU CANT, THEN CRAWL TO HIM… WHATEVE YOU DO… MOVE FORWARD TO HIM…. Follow these… INSTUCTIONS!
AMEN!!!

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