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John 14:1-12 (Amite #258 as built; 5-14-17)

“Anxiety/Worry”
…It’s the 1980’s… and her name is Joanna! Joanna is one of three children… she was born in California…and then had to move with the family to Greece… then back to the US to Pennsylvania… and then to New York… it makes sense they would move to New York… because Joanna’s mom and dad are actors… dad did the soap opera circuit… mostly days of our lives…and her mom, was on the wild wild west and Beverly hillbillies… so it didn’t take long for Joanna to get bit by the show biz bug… so much so, that when it came time to go to high school…she chose New York’s LaGuardia School for Drama and Arts…. And when she finished she was headed west… yet…. Work for actors was… was not… plentiful… so Joanna struggled with side jobs… telemarketing… bike messenger… waitress… even spokesperson for nutria-systems… well finally, she got a bit part in two shows… one called Molly and the other Ferris Buller… off the movie Ferris Bullers day off… both crashed within in weeks… then she got a bit part in the movie Leprechaun… a horror flick….and she thought things might be getting a little better….. NOT! Well, she started to struggle… a little …then a lot… so much so, WORRY began to sink in… then one day, she sees a Movie Exec… pull into a gas station…she runs across the parking lot… and begins to plead her case.. Pour out her heart… about her career… what she should do, not do… and he reaffirms her… (tell me, God does not put Simon’s in our way…. For a reason…)… he tells her to keep going forward… she has the gifts… stay the course… and sure enough… the world opened up for Joanna… she was in movies… like Bruce Almighty… Picture Perfect, the Good Girl, the Breakup… Mollye and Me… Horrible Bosses… today, she is probably one of the most popular actresses in the business… she is a proud helper of St Jude’s hospital… all kind of commercials for eye makeup… facials… she is sooo popular… that her hair cut on her series… has become popular… that’s right … her hairstyle is popular… they call it the, Rachel…after her namesake Rachel Green… on FRIENDS…YES , you know Joanna… as Jennifer Joanna Anniston … she is where she is in the world… NO THANKS TO WORRY!!1
B & S…that is what the Gospel is all about…WORRY!!! In St John’s Gospel… it starts out with… DO NOT… DO NOT… DO NOT… LET YOUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED….!!! YOU HAVE FAITH IN GOD… HAVE FAITH IN ME…
Let us not forget now… as a first century Jew… the settings in which the Good Lord makes the statement… about NOT BEING TROUBLED… no WORRIES…. The setting takes place at the Last Supper… first, they are having their feet washed… by Christ… and HE is telling them, they will have to do the same…so if they had visions of sugar plums and being the ‘man’… think again…. the tension is starting to climb… if this is not bad enough… HE states someone is trying to betray HIM…. Wow, the anxiety is really climbing… if that is not enough to cause you to jump out your skin… HE says, THIS IS MY BODY… which will be GIVEN UP FOR YOU!!!! And shortly thereafter, he tells their Peter, the ROCK… you will deny me… my friends in Christ… the tension, the anxiety, the WORRY must be off the charts… the meter is officially pegged!!! Remember, Christ has only been with them for 3 years… and he is leaving…??? This is why, Christ is speaking to them about the Mansion in Heaven… with all the rooms… that He has to leave… but NO WORRIES… I AM… COMING BACK… I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU ORPHANS… I WILL BE WITH YOU UNTIL THE END OF TIME… HE is working hard to relieve them of WORRIES… he uses the analogy that any first century jew…in particular the apostles would recognize… or so HE hopes… if you are Jewish man… when you are engaged to your wife to be…you will leave up to one year, to get a house ready… you will return to get her…and begin to live together… hence, Christ is the groom, the Church is the bride… the apostles are part of the church…yet it doesn’t work as HE had hoped… Thomas does not know the way…yet Christ tells him, as well as the others… HE is the way, the life, the truth!!! And even Phillip… after all Christ has done… said… acted upon…for the past three years…three years… Phillip would still like verification of the father…just so he can get his hand around it… this is why Christ is a little taken back… for 3 years…He has said it over and over again… the father and I are one… I am in Him, He is in me… and as a jew, moreover as an apostle… Phillip should know, that the Transfiguration was part and parcel explaining …showing this… not to mention, that as a Jew…he would have known that Moses spoke with God on the mountain…even got to see his back … Elijah heard God speak in the whispers of the wind… yet covered his face so as not to see God.. that is why they are at the Transfiguration… yet, you notice that no one ever says, DOUBTING PHILLIP?!?!?
My Friends in Christ… THROUGOUT SCRIPTURE… Mankind has been plagued with WORRY… Martha and Mary… are so beside themselves…that their brother may pass before Christ comes back…they send someone out to find Christ… two days before… RIDDLED WITH WORRY…yet Christ waits till day 4…and upon HIS return… what do they say… Master had you been here, our brother would not have died… and HE responds… Martha, Mary…. I AM… I AM… THE WAY, THE TRUTH , THE LIFE… I AM… THE RESURECTION… well, of course You are Lord, but that is on the last day… WORRY HAS CONSUMED THEM… that there is nothing the Good Lord can do now…their brother is dead!!! Yet their brother rises from the dead… all that WORRY… for NOTHING!!! What about… the apostles…they are in a boat, storm is brewing… and in lieu of waking up Christ… he is asleep at the helm… they decide that since they are FISHERMEN…and HE be only a lowly carpenter, how could he possible help…maybe build a new boat for them later… they can handle the storm… UNTIL… the storm takes on a life of its own…and Peter is overwhelmed and cannot handle it… he begins to panic… to WORRY… so much so, that he yells to the Good Lord, Lord do you not care that we may parish…! The Good Lord stands and rebukes the wind… rebukes the wind… to rebuke something, it must have had an essence, a being, an existence to it… it must have come from the evil one, for why else would you rebuke something that inanimate… unless, it had existence or being! …all that WORRY… for NOTHING! What about when they were to feed 5ooo people… the apostles worried, that they only had 5 loaves and 2 fish!!! Until the Good Lord does, yet one of HIS many miracles… all their worry was for NOTHING!!!!
The question for you and I… is how much of our life is spent… WORRYING!!! With regards to anything, everything… do we WORRY about Money… paying bills, making the rent, a mortgage, a car note…going to school… trying to make ends meet… getting paid from a supplier… how much time do we WORRY about the organization we work for… are they doing the right thing, the right way… or we headed in the right direction… are we going to be with this company much longer… can they provide for me… do we WORRY about our relationships at work… with our boss, our co-workers, the owners, the suppliers… can we work things out, make things go smoother, can we co-exist… what about relationships at home… do we WORRY about how we relate to our spouse, our children, our parents, grandparents, relatives, etc… can we talk without yelling… can we talk at all, can we even communicate, are we honest, yet prudent… do we WORRY about test coming up in school, the doctor’s office… will we pass, will we get a clean bill of health… will we repeat, get a poor grade… my friends in Christ…HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU SPEND IN WORRY!!!
When you worry… you take counsel with the evil one! Don’t you see, the evil one…according to st peter…’roams the earth, prowling, for a soul to ravage’! HE HATES YOU AND I…. we are made in our Savior’s image… the mere mention of our name, causes the evil one to spit… one day, according to ck Chesterton, Lucifer is speaking to his son about stealing souls…and his boy is all excited about getting souls for a little while, doing some damage, to a few souls at least…and Lucifer reprimands him, telling him…son listen to me… we need more souls, and much faster, and forever… and the way to do this… IS TO STEAL THEIR PEACE…GET THEM TO WORRY!!! Oh how true… he, lucifer wants to drive a wedge between you and yours spouse, family, work, relationships, may you focus on tomorrow, yesterday, last week, last year… next week, next month…
My Friends in Christ… how many times have you heard me rant and rave …that NOTHING HAPPENS IN THIS WORLD WITHOUT HIS KNOWING…WITHOUT HIS STAMP…. The Gospels tell us… that birds cannot sow, nor reap, nor plant… yet HE feeds them… the flowers cannot even dress themselves… yet HE dress them… are we not worth more than birds or flowers… we are HIS… HIS CHILDREN… and the evil know this…and he cannot stand it…A bird cannot fall to the earth without His approval…not one thing can touch your head…without His Approval… Scripture tells us…’He knew us in our Mother’s womb, He knew our name in our Mother’s Womb, and He will be with us until the end of time’…
If you leave this Church, thru those doors with the same worry you had when you came here…you have made ONE OF THREE MISTAKES…you either forgot WHOSE HOUSE THIS IS… THAT HE IS GOD AND WE ARE NOT…OR you just took it back…B & S...your thoughts control your words, your words your actions and your actions …set up your habits…if you have the habit of worrying…THEN YOU ARE NOT GUARDING YOUR THOUGHTS…who controls your thoughts…you…or him…………..… every day, in every country, in every language and in every hour… Mother Church prays for ONE human emotion above all the rest…you here it…but we say it so tongue and cheek… yet, it is soooo very true…does this sound familiar… DELIVER us Lord from every evil, give us PEACE in our day, in Your mercy keep us free from sin…protect us from all ANXIETY…as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ!
I LEAVE YOU WITH THIS…. worrying …is like sitting in a rocking chair… plenty of movement, but you go nowhere!!!
STOP THE WORRYING!!!
Amen!!

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