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Matthew (Chaps 26 &27) (AS BUILT; 4-9-17)

Palm Sunday
The year is 1970… and his name is Albert… he lives in Queens, NY… his mother taught piano… his dad was a real estate broker… he had an older brother who eventually became an NYPD detective… and a younger brother who was a teacher… 2/3grades… they are a CATHOLIC family…. They attend Our Lady Queen of Martyrs … and then Archbishop HS…. Alfred liked accounting, and thought he might be a banker… you know, Alfred finally met his wife there, still married this day…. Well, he quit the whole banking thingy… delivered furniture… played cards, in particular Poker… still plays it this day, The World Series of Poker… he eventually got a chance to do a comedy routine… on the Comedy Shop, part of Sat Night Live… that lead to a part on David Letterman, then Johnny Carson… and a part in the movie, Caesars Salad… a policeman on a beat with a sense of humor… well, he meets up with his longtime friend Kevin James, the king of queens for a movie called Grilled… about two average joes trying to make the big sale… from there Albert got a part, as the voice… in the movie ICE Age… he was the woolly mammoth called Manny… it was a hit, and then he got most of the sequels… such as Ice Age Meltdown, Cont. Divide, collision course, etc… he, Alfred made it to Hannah Montana, King of Queens, Becker, Men of a certain age…. But we know Albert, by his nasal voice, his self-deprecating sense of humor… he plays in a popular sitcom… where he is a sports beat writer, his brother is a cop…he is married, a few kids, his parents live next door…yes, you know Albert, as Ray Albert Romano …. And if you were to ask Ray, albert if you will… about who he owe hi successes too…I HOPE he would tell you, THANKS TO MY PARTENTS, TO MY FRIENDS…FOR STICKING WITH ME…
That is WHAT THE GOSPEL IS ALL ABOUT… SAYING, THANK YOU … God so loved the world, HE sent His Only Son for the Sacrifice of Many…. Many years ago, there were 3 Saints…my friends in Christ …that had the privilege. Or the curse if you will... of seeing a personal revelation of the Passion of Jesus Christ…St. Bridget, St Matilda and St. Elizabeth of Hungry… (pg 61 of the Pieta Book)
The Cross was 12 x 8 (show width by your hands…)
He was led to Calvary by 600 armed guards…(how would you feel if tomorrow 600 guards followed you around all day…pushing you , shoving you, cursing you, spitting on you…jousting you…all day!!!)
He had 83 executioners of ‘justice’ (highlight the quote marks…) following him… to make sure that we butcher Him…according to the law… I mean we do have rules!!!
And with this entire fan fair surrounding him… he over 1000 insults… (Brother and Sisters… if just one person insults us…we talk about it all day… we speak of it a lunch, during the break, over an email or text, or the phone to our spouse, friend… could you imagine rec’ing that many insults over a 3 hour period!!!)
He was hit in the head 150 times…
He rec’ed 108 blows to the stomach …
St Bridget tells us, that to add insult to injury…they spit in his face…180 times! Could you imagine? What it someone spit in our face…just once, much lets 180 times… there would be not doubt where we would be spending the night…. !!! and maybe the next day or so…
He hair was pulled 24 times…
And this is not counting the wounds suffered just by the Crown of thorns!!!

M. The Crown of thorns alone…generated over 100 pricks to the head…. 20 of which were legitimated wounds…3 were mortal by themselves… even if there never hit Him again!

N. B & S…that does not even count the 8inch nails, railroad spikes in his hands…or the 16inch nail …nailed through His feet. Do you ever wonder how long they must have hammered to go through both feet and the block of wood…to secure him to the Cross!!!!!????

O. And in the end, St Bridget, St Catherine…said from the beginning…in Gethsemane to “it is finished on the Cross’ (point to cross with the entire hand…) our Savior rec’ed over 6000 beatings…resulting in over 1000 wounds!!!P. My Friends in Christ… we have one week left…before our Savior returns… He so loved the world, that He sent His only Son into the world … for the Sacrifice of sinners….please tell me that we have something for Him when he returns… I don’t care if you have done nothing all Lent…give us something…do something…WE HAVE TO FINISH THE RACE…YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WIN IT…BUT YOU DO HAVE TO FINISH…and when Easter comes…bring the Good Lord your offerings…whatever you have…bring it to HIM…HE WILLNOT BE OUTDONE IN KINDNESS…

Q. Eucharist = thanks; participate in giving thanks, ‘communion’ (kornonia)

R. THANK THE GOOD LORD… for the roof over your head, the clothes on your back… the food in your mouth… your spouse, your children, your family, your parents… before you hit the bead tonight… say, your THANK YOUS… so maybe, if you are called home this night…the last words from your lips to HIS ears… is THANK YOU!!!S. I LEAVE YOU WITH THIS… THERE ARE 84,600 SECONDS IN A DAY… CAN YOU TAKE JUST ONE…ONE SECOND…AND SAY,T. THANK YOU!!!U. AMEN!!

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