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Matthew 14:22-23; ( As Built; Amite, #270, 8-13-17)

“Finish” ( as in Finish, the race….)
… It’s the 1980’s and his name is Edward… Edwards mother is a wonderful housemaker, and his dad is a sales rep, for aerospace eng equipment…. Also dabbles a bit in real estate… Edwards life was a tough one…his folks divorced when he was 8, lost a brother to drowning… and his father passed not long after…. It seems Edwards may have stayed with his uncle for a while…but Edwards desire was to go to HS in Calif… you see Edward’s dream is to ACT… nothing more, nothing less…. The amazing thing is, Edward was the youngest actor every accepted into Julliard! And it didn’t take long for his acting abilities to take root… he appeared in a play on Broadway called The Slab boys, then a tv series called, Kill Me Again, and One to Many… then the shows opened up… Joe the King, the Red Planet… then he hit a bright spot… playing the iceman, in Top Gun opposite Tom Cruise…. And if you ever saw him play Mark Twain, Wow… what a talent… then he had a few movies that we so so… 4th Dimension, 7 Below… and Edward was quite the singer… He played Elvis in the Movie, the Romance… and say the parts himself…the same with playing Morrison in the Doors… but it was when Edward played in a movie with Robert Denero in Heat, that the world took notice… he loved westerns too… Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid and his most famous part, as Doc Holiday in Tombstone… yes you know Edward… Val Edward Kilmer…!! And he will tell you… that to FINISH up a bad movie is easy in westerns… no matter how bad it starts…you can finish… FINISH WELL…if you have a good horse!!!
THE GOSPEL TODAY is all about… FINISHING!!! My B & S in Christ… the Good Lord is teaching Peter… and all the APOSTLES… You must FINISH what you started… you asked to come, COME PETER!!! Now as a 1st century Jew… the setting is important… Jesus has just fed 5000 people (actually men, so 10000 people total… ) with 5 loaves and 2 fish… actually Christ fed the `12 and they fed the people… getting them use to going to the apostles, for Christ will no longer be available… and yet, even HE goes to the Mountains to pray… for a 1st century Jew, this is hugely important, Moses went up a mountain to pray… Elijah, you just read earlier at mass, was on a mountain praying to God…. Now Christ, is on a Mountain… for a jew, this is where God has spoken from… Hence the Transfiguration ….(Moses and Elijah…are the only two prophets to speak to God, hence why they are with Christ on the mountain…) …. Additionally…. The Sea of Galilee is only about 7 miles wide…Fishing at 3am – 6am, the fourth watch… was common for the Apostles… but what was not common was Christ walking on water!! And give credit …. CREDIT TO PETER… of the 12 nobody else is walking on water… and Peter did for a little bit….and when Christ responded, I… the translation is actually, I AM…in greek ergo ame for a 1 century jew… those would have turned their Heads… Moses asked God who should I tell Pharaoh that is speaking… I AM, WHO AM…Christ walking on water, just fed 5000/10000 people with 5 loaves 2 fish… and using those words, would challenge them to see Him as the Messiah!!! Furthermore; the Boat which is Peters Boat… represents the Church, hence why most older Churches have the ceiling made with the exposed beams, to represent….the hull of Peters Boat… hence the Church is sometimes called Peter’s Boat…. And Christ is trying to get the Apostles to understand… last time I was with you in the Boat… I calmed the seas, etc…now outside the Boat…and You must come to ME…. Have FAITH IN ME… IN YOURSELVES.... you must, FINSIH WHAT WE HAVE STARTED!!! Outside the confines of your comfort, inside the Church…
WELL SCRIPTURE HAS sooo many people who make it clear what it means to FINISH… if I were to give you a hint of what he did, you would know of his name, for he FINISHED WHAT WAS STARTED… if I told you he was a farmer, with two kids, the next thing he knows he is carrying the cross of an alleged felon… all the way to golgatha… he didn’t start this, but he is going to help CHRIST FINSIH THIS… you know him as Simon of Cyrene…his name in scripture forever, in the book of life…because he is a CLOSER, A FINISHER!!! In the OT, he loses all his camels, cows and sheep, not to mention his children…and yet he does not quit…everytime he is asked, he says he was naked when they brought him in, and he will be naked on his way out…you know him as JOB… and his name is in the book of life, because he FINSIHED STRONG… the Good Thief, talk about a FINISHER… he started out deplorable…and if he would have finished like his partner, cursing god, etc…he would be in hell…but because he FINSIHED STRONG… this day he was in paradise……………………..yet, for everyone of these there is a judas… who starts great… proclaims Christ to the be Messiah, accepts Christ as his lord and savior…only to fall just…. A wee bit short!!! He doesn’t FINSIH… two words from being st judas… Im sorry!!! Yet, it was better he was not born…
WELL HERE WE SIT SOME 2000 years later…are you a starter or FINSIHER…. Lets see… at work, will you FINISH what you or someone else started…regardless if you get paid… the extra time spent… regardless if you get recognized… at the end of the day, you will FINSIH WHAT WAS STARTED…BECAUSE YOU FOLLOW CHRIST…AND AS SUCH, WE WILL CLOSE THIS OUT!!! Remember, the decimal point cannot dictate to you…. What about at home…will you FINSIH the project you started… the chores you promised… the homework given… the phone call you promised to make days ago… the thank you card you still haven’t written… will you FINISH… the visits you promised to make… FINSIH the conversation, the email, the text… will you FINISH YOUR PRAYERS AT NIGHT…even though you are exhausted!!! My frines in Christ… at the end of the day, we will stand before HIM…no mediation, debate, arbitration …only the verdict… how will you and I respond to the concerns about why we started things…but DID NOT FINISH… because we just… didn’t…. no excuses!!! At the end of the day, we don’t have to win the race…but we darn well better… FINSIH!!!
I LEAVE YOU WITH THIS… Billy Sunday was right… If you stop at 3rd and at no more to the score; you might as well have struck out…. Its not how you start, its how you FINSIH!!!
AMEN!!!

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