2017 Homilies (Written)

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Matthew 16:13-20 (As built; 8-27-14; #272)

Keys ( as in keys to the kingdom, your home, your car…)
The year is 1940, the United States is in the middle of a Great... A Great World War... World War II... and if you are a solider in this war... you may fall into one of four categories... alive, wounded..... dead... or a ... P.O.W.! And if you and I fall into the last category... a POW ... this is how it plays out upon arriving at the POW Camp... we will be interviewed by a Psychiatrist ... to determine... our likes, dislikes, habits... thoughts...our level of... resolve... our level of resistance.... after this interview... they will place us in a barracks, cell or solitary confinement.... and of course, there will be torture.... the setting, the prison setting would be something like... all barracks/cells are located in the middle... with a 15ft high fence surrounding those areas... barbed wire of course... and about 15 ft behind this fence is yet another 15ft high fence, also with barbed wire... and in between there would be razor wire, land mines, dogs and of course, armed guards in towers located about 100 ft apart...and if we were so lucky to get past all of this... there would be pill boxes.... bunkers with armed guards, guns, etc... about 100 yds out... facing the camp... and between the fence and pill poxes.... lights so that it would be almost impossible to make it past them all.... on average, only about 50 percent will live through the experience of being a POW... and only a fraction of a percent would escape... hence, British Intelligence is looking for a way to get more men our of POW camps... cause mayhem behind enemy lines... not to mention getting them back home.... so the head of British Int... calls a meeting... and he is asking his top command...who can we get to start up this Special Op’s to get more men freed from prison... the name... almost on everybody’s lips.... Clayton Hutton! They agreed, he is the man... except...well... he kinda .... sorta... for the most part.... has a Houdini complex! The head of British Intelligence is confused.... WHAT.... IN THE HECK IS A HOUDINI COMPLEX?

Well, sir.... maybe he should explain it himself.... Clayton comes in... and the head of BI asked him... explain this Houdini complex... Clayton kinda smiles and says, well sir, it is like this... Harry Houdini came into town where I lived... it was a BIG DEAL... VERY... BIG DEAL.. and the promotion was all about the fact that he would be put into a box, nailed shut, locked with chains and locks and on stage, he would break free! HE did! Everybody loved it... well, less me... so I stood up and made a public proclamation... for 100 pounds... a little over a 100 dollars... that I would like to see him do this again, but this time... I will get someone to make the box on stage, no beforehand.... and then put him into it and see him get out... he agreed that in a weeks time, he would return to do it again.... well, the day comes... he is on stage and my carpenter is making the crate... we put Houdini in it...lock it up with chains, locks, etc... and sure enough he got out! I paid him the 100 pounds... two days later I was still confused on how he did it... when someone told me... that Houdini only made 50 pounds that day.... and I said, no...I paid him 100... they said, yes you did... but he had to pay the carpenter 50 to build and nail the crate as he instructed!!! Ever since that day.... I have been obsessed with helping people get free.... So the head of intelligence decided... he is the man... so he set up an interview with a former POW to help him understand the problems with escaping... Clayton asked the former POW... what do you need to escape... he said, three things.... A COMPASS, MONEY AND A MAP!!! Clayton said, well we could put a compass and a paper map in the heel of all boots, and if you get caught...you can just take the heel off your shoe to use the map and compass.... the former POW just looked at him... as if he were the village idiot!

The former POW, said sir... do you know what you do when you are trying to escape... YOU RUN... AND RUN AND RUN.... AND THEN.... RUN SOME MORE!!! So you want me to stop take my heel off...try to run like that sir.. not to mention, trying to put it back on, so I can run... and a paper map.... are you kidding me.... first, it will become rumpled and be hard to read... if it is raining, the ink will smear.... not to mention, I need to be able to fold it and fold and fold it without tearing or anybody hearing me opening my map.... Clayton, understood all too well... it will definitely take more thought.... about a month or so later... BAMMMM!!! He has got it... he calls the head of BI and tells them, he has the ... KEY... THE KEY... to helping men escape.... he, Clayton walks into the board room and in front of the chief.. and his generals...and lays a board game in front of him... the Chief almost loses it!!!!!

This is ... the KEY TO HELPING MEN ESCAPE FROM POW CAMPS.... Clayton, smiles and says ..... without question!!! You see sir, when I talked with the former POW, he made the statement that the Germans want to keep us busy with games, sports, etc.... because it keeps our minds off trying to escape...and being that this is the most popular board game in the world today...they would not suspect a thing... secondly, we can set up.... fake charities or use the red cross.... to distribute them to the prisoners.... hmmmm... the Chief is intrigued.... ok but the real... KEY... is the COMPASS, THE MONEY AND THE MAP.... where are you putting them... well sir, you recognize the board game do you not, with the Rich Uncle holding Money Bags in the middle of the Board...yes I do he responded.... he, Clayton, said, well sir... we are going to make the board a little thicker than normal... under the place where you place the ‘chance’ cards... I will embed a map... and under the ‘community chest’ cards, I will embed money or a file... and where will you put the compass... free parking... he said, no sir... closer to the other corner of the board game... near the place that says’, ‘jail; just visiting’!!! My friends... thanks to this board game... it was rumored that over 38,000 men escaped POW camps... they got out of jail, FREE!!! You know the board game... it was MONOPOLY.... THAT WAS ... THE KEY!!!

THE GOSPEL is about what is.... KEY! The KEYS are given to Peter… and his office… remember the first reading… the KEYS were given to Sheba and then taken away… given to Elikem… so Peter as the Vicar of Christ… and on a side note… Peter is making binding decisions on Heaven here on earth…not the other way around… …now as any first century jew… we must understand the setting… what do the names they used to describe Christ… John the Baptist… Jeremiah.. Elijah have in common…they are all dead! So for people to come say that Christ is one of these…must also mean that there is something special… divine… something spiritual about Christ… NOT an ordinary guy… secondly, a name change… is SIGNIFICANT… abram to Abraham …(abram means ‘father’… so saying fr Abraham… means father, exalted father… ) Jacob to Israel… Simon to Peter… in Greek Cephas, in the Aramaic… Kephas… meaning Massive boulder… thirdly, Peter is always listed first in the apostolic list…judas always last… Peter was the first to do a miracle, baptize people… he made the final decision…like in baptism and circumcision…. He made sure a replacement was made for judas, in mathias… (Christ is called stone, more so than rock… stone in greek, lithos… so the Rock, is not Christ… its Peter… )
… So the Keys given to Peter, is following in the teachings of the Jews in the OT… I came to fulfill the Law, not change it… so this is how it should be done in the future… In the ot, Isiah makes a point to tell the story of the removal of Sheba, as the leader of the land, in the absence of a King….and elikim, was made the ‘prime minister’ if you will…. The same is now true of Peter…
THROUGHOUT SCRIPTURE… the KEY to man’s survival… his success… his PEACE… was God, Christ… ultimately, the Eucharist!!! Think for a second… when they walked away from God, the Israelites walking in a circle… for 40 years in the desert… until Joshua (which means Jesus) brought them to the promise land… the Apostles after the crucifixion of Christ… were lost, so much so…they locked themselves in a room… but the KEY to them coming back around… leaving the room, teaching, curing, etc… the KEY, WAS CHRIST… THE EUCHARIST!!!

.... the KEY has always been God... take Moses for example... every time he was confronted with a problem, a challenge, an obstacle... he turned towards God... HE WAS THE KEY... he, Moses, needed to convince Pharaoh to let his people go....he turns toward God for the plagues... when Moses is caught between the Red sea and the chariots of Pharaoh... he calls on God.... when Moses is in the desert and needs bread.... he calls on God... hence, comes the manna....when Moses needs meat, the Good Lord gives him quail...

D. Well its been 2000 years… later… the KEY to our lives must be Christ, the EUCHARIST….My friends in Christ... even today when we begin to trust someone, family, friends, etc... we give them the KEYS to our house... to our car... well maybe not... KEYs to our computer which may be a code....our give our cell number... it designates a level of trust... a ‘go to’ person.... well the fact of the matter is....if YOU HAVE CHALLENGES IN YOUR LIFE, AT WORK, AT HOME, WITH FRIENDS, FAMILY, NEIGHBORS...OR OUR OWN PERSONAL DEMONS.... WHO IS THE KEY... THE KEY IS CHRIST... AND THE KEY.... IS THE AMOUNT OF TIME.... TIME... TIME.... WE SPEND WITH HIM!!! There was a fictional story called Screwtape letters... about lucifer talking to his son about getting more souls...and his son is rattling off how he plans to do this... he starts out by saying, this and that....and some more of this...and even more of that... finally lucifier had about enough...and said son, listen to me... ALL YOU HAVE TO DO....ALL YOU HAVE TO DO... IS STEAL their.................................Peace! They will take care of the rest...

E. My B & S in Christ... the KEY....to a PEACEFUL LIFE...IS TIED TO ....HOW MUCH TIME...TIME... TIME DO YOU SPEND IN PRAYER OR BEFORE HIM... when you get up in the morning before you head out.... before you turn on the news....as if it improved since last night... before you read the paper...as if the headlines will put you in a good mood.... and YES, AFTER YOUR FIRST CUP OF COFFEE... do you take ..... TIME... WITH HIM.... TO PRAY!??? When you are in your car... do you drive quietly.... no radio, no texting, no cell phones... do you pray for it may be the only quiet time you have.... because you know when you get to work...how MUCH LUV THERE WILL BE THERE FOR YA!!! Do you take TIME... during work...to walk off briefly, take a quick break... TALK TO HIM... and when heading home... do your repeat how you came to work...so that you will not spray that venom all over everyone at home... wrecking the meal, the time after... the night....and before you hit the hay.... DO YOU TAKE THE TIME... THAT IS THE KEY... to visit with HIM, talk with HIM... THANK HIM... are do you justify going to sleep because you are tired, done pretty good anyway...will catch him tomorrow.... Do you see????? The evil one will stop .... WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO GET BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR FAMILY,,, YOUR SPOUSE,,,, YOUR FRIENDS... YOUR CO WORKERS.... to all you women here today.... do you not understand...that by and large... the spiritually of the family begins and ends with you... why do you think lucifier went after eve...adam was right there...why not talk to him... because he knows... that if I get her... I WILL GET HIM AND EVERYBODY BEHIND THEM.... the spiritually usually begins with mama...and for you men out there... whenever you and I decided to wake up and realize that the greatest sign of a man.... THE GREATEST SIGN OF A MAN....OR PICTURE OF ONE... IS WHEN WE ARE BENDING OUR KNEES.... then the FAMILY WILL BECOME 10X..... the families faith, love, charity.... WILL SORE TO HEIGHTS WE COULD HAVE NEVER IMAGINED..!!!!!!!! Do you not see... the KEY... IS THE TIME WE SPEND WITH HIM... YOU CAN TELL ME WHATEVER YOU WANT....Oh, father.... my spouse and i...we walk a lot, we hold hands... and we watch movies together... well THAT’S GREAT... I DON’T CARE IF YA’LL SING CUM BY YA.... TOGETHER.... when you decide to PRAY TOGETHER... THEN....THEN.... YOU HAVE THE KEY TO PEACE!!!

F. I leave you with this…. IF YOU WANT PEACE IN YOUR LIFE… then listen to the words of JP 2… for every problem you and I have… EVERY PROBLEM, YOU AND I HAVE…not matter how big or small or numerous… or whatever, whenever… for EVERY PROBLEM, the EUCHARIST is the solution!!! … it is the …. KEY!!!

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