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John 20:19-23 (Pentecost; #261 Amite, 56-4-17)

“STAND”… (where do you, stand…)
… It’s the 1960’s… her name is Annette… she was born in Arlington, Va… she has one sister… and though she born in Arlington, she also lived in Germany for a while… you see, Annette’s dad, was in the US Army, in the postal section…. And was stationed there…her mom, well she was an opera singer and taught, voice lessons…. Well, when it was time to head back to the states… Annette was a little concerned about fitting in…getting back to the US… but being that she was quite athletic…loved gymnastics… and subsequently… got her involved in cheerleading… she became a little more comfortable with people…and told her mom, that she rather being doing plays and theater… and her mom, told her that’s fine…but you have to finish college…so she enrolled and subsequently graduated from East Carolina University… in drama… and so, her mother told her that if she wants to act, then take a… STAND…and go for it… it was tough at first… She was working several jobs… bartender, waitress, coat taker… but Annette was still holding tough…. She was taking a STAND… money or not, I want to …. Act! She finally got a part in the movie, Love Potion #9, then The Thing Called Love, followed by A Time to Kill, then even bigger positions like in the movies, Miss Congeniality and Blind Side… yes you know Annette, as Sandra Annette Bullock…all because she took a … STAND!!!
THAT IS WHAT THE GOSPEL IS ALL ABOUT … now remember this… the Gospel is what took place on EASTER SUNDAY… there is no gospel for Pentecost…only the Acts of the Apostles… has Pentecost!!! But remember too, that the Good Lord… STANDS before the Apostles and says, peace be with you…yet they are scared…so he is still STANDING before them and repeats… Peace be with you, then proclaims… what is forgiven is forgiven and what is retained is retained….
… The setting for Pentecost, what is written in the Acts of the Apostles… has to be clarified… there are a few concerns we need to understand…

40days from Easter Sunday/Resurrection to Ascension
Pentecost means 50… from feast of Passover to offering of first fruits to God…
10 days after, the 40 th day is Pentecost…
9days from the 40 to 49, with the feast on the 50th… is when the apostles prayed…hence, where we get the 9 day novena…
The Holy Spirit shows himself as, Divine…
HS comes twice, Easter and Pentecost…

any first century Jew… knows of Pentecost… the festival/feast is one of the feast that all Jewish men have to travel too…, it’s the 50 day after the Passover Meal… where you bring your first fruits of your harvest for God… so for the Apostles, who not only know the Jewish faith but the Catholic faith as well… know that 40 days after the resurrection of Christ is HIS Ascension… the 10th day after that is Pentecost…when the Holy Spirit comes again….the 9days in-between are days of prayer; hence where we get a 9day novena… The Holy Spirit does not show up as a dove, in a physical way, He shows up as fire….and as a first century Jew you would have recalled, the God showed up as fire and smoke on Mt Sinai to Moses…
And so the Good Lord is STANDING BEFORE THEM… to make sure they understand…
THROUGHOUT SCRIPTURE… people had to make a call… on whether to take a … STAND for Christ…. What do Simon of Cyrene, MM, Mary the Mother of God, Mary the wife of Clopas… all have in common… THEY ALL TOOK A ….STAND WITH AND FOR … CHRIST!!!
When everyone else walked away, they planted their flag… and took a STAND… and you and I know this…because of what they did in SCRIPTURE…
Well, its been 2000 years … the question for you and I… is will we, when push comes to shove… take a STAND WITH CHRIST, AND HIS CHRUCH….you can’t have it, where you proclaim a follower of Christ and you argue against HIS Church… or proclaim yourself a follower of Christ but disagree with HIS Church…. You are either IN OR OUT… HE and HIS Church are ONE!!! Well, you see father… I believe in Christ… but I confess my sins directly to HIM… did you not just here the Gospel… the sins, YOU forgive are forgiven, the ones retained are retained… I did not see the *, I did not read a footnote… I did not see the date stamp, or any exclusions…
Please…please make sure you understand…if you are a good teacher, be a good CATHOLIC teacher…if you are a good doctor, be a good Catholic doctor, if you are a good student, be a good Catholic Student… if you are a good engineer, businessman, spouse, husband, wife, child, be a good CATHOLIC ONE!!! …. Why??? Because 2 seconds after you pass… we are JUDGED!!! And when HE ask you, me and everyone… were you a good CATHOLIC teacher…how will you respond…well, I was a good teacher… did you speak of ME??? Well, no… why not…well because of the kick back, the laws… oh I see, I created the world by mere thought… and you gave me, no thought… you did not speak to MY CHILDREN about me??? Now what…what do you and I say… there is no negotiation… no debate…no excuses…no mediation…that’s IT… WERE ARE ALL DONE!!! We STAND or fall based on how we lived our …CATHOLIC LIVES!!!!
I LEAVE YOU WITH THIS… 2 seconds after we pass…we are JUDGED… AND WE WILL BE JUDGED ON HOW WE FOLLOW HIM, AND HIS CHURCH… WE WILL EITHER STAND WITH HIM…or fall with him, lucifer
AMEN!!!

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