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John 11:1-45 (as built; #254; 4-2-17; Amite)

A . “Compass”
B. … It’s the 1970’s… and his name is Neil… he lives in Dorchester, Mass! He is 1-6 children… 4 brothers and a sister… his parents own a hotel… kinda motel actually… but a hotel nonetheless… it actually did ok! If you were to ask Neil…about grammar school, he would tell you… that the only thing coming out of grammar school was his nickname… ‘headster’…. He said, that he had ‘a hugely enormous’ head… but in HS…things kinda leveled out… his athletic ability was good…and the fact he was handsome…. Blond hair, and blue blue eyes… well, go figure Neill would be Mr HS… and then off to Syracuse University…and London Academy of Arts… but if you were to ask Neil…when did the acting bug take hold…he would tell you… when I played the cowardly lion in the wizard of OZ… that’s when it hit…all the way back in grade school and high school… well, for Neil things took off fairly quick… he got a part in the movie, ‘Angels in the Outfield’… then he hit a wall… with ‘Call me Sasquatch’… but he jumped back in, Minority Report… Star Trek the first Contact… Marine 3, Red 2, Band of Brothers and Boom town… Neil was so good, even tv series began to call…. Justified, Arrow, Agent Shield, and Desperate Housewives… but what really put Neil in the public eye… was what he didn’t do… he refused to do a sex scene in the movie, Scoundrels… 1 million it cost him…but when you talk with Neil, he will tell you flat out… IN SO MANY WORDS…‘before I am an actor, I am a Catholic Actor… before I am a husband, I am a Catholic Husband… before a man, so to speak, I am a Catholic Man, my COMPASS always points to CHRIST & HIS CHURCH!!!
C. THE GOSPEL TODAY, IS ALL ABOUT… A COMPASS!!! Martha, Mary…. Even a dead man, Lazarus is pointing to Christ… HE is there COMPASS!!!
D. For any first century Jew… you and I would have thought about the fact, that Christ… so loved, Martha, Mary and their brother… that we they told HIM on day two, to come…because Lazarus is not doing well…may not make it… he waits another two days… !!! Granted this may be shocking to you and I… imagine, getting a call at work, saying your child may not make it…and your response… I will see ya after I finish up work!!! The same is true here…yet Christ knows, as we first century Jews know… that the Jews believed that the soul may not leave the body until after 3 complete days… so anytime from day 3 back to the initial happenings… a body could be resituated… and so that nobody would think there was any foul play, Christ waits for two more days… and when day four comes…HE goes!!! For any Jew, they did not embalm…they used oils, spices, etc.…to simply clean and coat the body… much like what Christ rec from the wise men… what a gift to bring to the birthday party… myrrh!!! And back in those day, you would buried a love one…wait for a certain amount of time… and then dig them up to capture their bones…. …. …..
E. In defense of the Apostles… they are still confused about sleep vs dead; so much so, Christ is glad they are with HIM…so as to see, to understand your bible…. And with regards to Thomas is often times remembered for the whole doubting thing, the finger, etc.…yet, this time he is telling the other apostles…lets go with Christ and be stoned!! But we never remember that… or the fact he was speared to death!!!
F. Marth and Mary play interesting roles as COMPASSES… remember in an earlier bible study, Martha is cleaning the kitchen, and Mary is sitting taking it all in at the feet of Christ… Martha gets perturbed and complains to Christ about not getting any support from Mary… yet it was Martha who moved first this time…to get out to see Christ…to talk with HIM…as Mary did very little … ADDITIONALLY, Martha… explains to Christ who HE IS… Only Peter had done this before…and with the aid of God the Father…for Peter responds to who Christ is… YOU ARE THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD… AND Christ responds, that flesh and bones have not done this, but MY FATHER in Heaven…. Yet Martha is all over it, when asked… You are the Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed one… the Son of the Living God… give Martha her do… she has come a long way and knew who Christ was… and she had no one in her ear to tell her who or what Christ is… and even Lazarus is pointing to Christ… when Christ calls him to come out… he does so, even though tied hands and feet…yet another Miracle…and he comes by responding to his name being called… thank goodness, otherwise…if Christ does not call him by name…. and just calls out… all TOMBS WILL OPEN!!!
ALL THINGS ARE POINTING TO CHRIST… EVEN CHRIST HIMSELF… he is perturbed at the ‘official criers ‘at the cemetery, then HE does not want to go to the rock directly, because he want witnesses… and no one accusing HIM of foul play…. He prays aloud…so we can hear… he waits the four days…
G. THROUGHOUT SCHRIPTURE… WE NEED TO REMEMBER ONE SMALL DETAIL… EACH TIME CHRIST… dealt with the dead, it seems to always end with ‘thank god’ … the centurion whose daughter was found dead in the bed… Christ cures her… another widow is taking her son to the graveyard…and Christ intercedes and touches him….he awakes… Lazaurs is dead for 4 days…yet Christ, stuck HIS head back into the anarchy… CHRSIT’S TIMING IS ALWAYS PERFECT… WHETER YOU THINK ITS TOO LATE OR NOT… HE CAN COME AND WORK HIS MIRACELS…ONE MINUTE, ONE DAY, FOUR DAYS AFTER DEATH… His will be done!!!
H. WELL, HERE WE SIT SOME 2OOO Years later… do we point to Christ… do we point to HIS CHURCH… do we point to MOTHER CHURCH… IS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH OUR…COMPASS!!! At work are you a business man/woman, or a CATHOLIC business man/woman…. Are you an engineer or a Catholic engineer…an architect, teacher, computer, student, police officer, accountant…or a CATHOLIC architect/ teacher/ computer/ student/ police officer/ accountant… before you make a decision, text, email or call someone…do you rely on your CATHOLIC FAITH!!! WHICH WAY ARE YOU …. Pointing!!! Will you pray before meals…with the sign of the Cross… speak of Mary… the Sacraments… are you pointing towards your FAITH, your CATHOLIC FAITH…
i. I LEAVE YOU WITH THIS… if Christ points true north, then the only COMPASS is HIS CHURCH… THE CATHOLIC CHURCH… !!
Amen !!!

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