Homily In Person - January 9. 2022

Luke 3:15-16, 21-22        1/9/2022      ( As built, Amite #479)

A. In person… to show up…not to mail it in… be there in person… 

B. Year’s about 1812… man our country… our colonies… are about to embark in a great war… it’s inevitable… Britain is going to send the armada… look their plan is real simple… we’re going to send our Spanish armada… the greatest fleet in all they world… not just in size but its ability and capacities… uncharted… their going to go into Chesapeake bay… we’re going to take over the local town there in Chesapeake…L we’re going to mass our troops right there… we’re going to march all the way to D.C. we’re going to destroy the capital… we’re going to burn it to the ground… and then they will know that they are only need colonist… and they are not of their own country… that is the plan…we’re going to do it… in person… my brothers and sisters in Christ sure enough the armada shows up… they take over the Chesapeake bay… they get out in the port and man they are there in mass… just outside of Chesapeake bay now there’s a little town called Bladensburg… most of us have never heard of it… like now… as a result of it…man they get there and I’ve got to tell you… it went down in history… as the greatest disgrace ever for America… you think a number of people died in Gettysburg… Pro-rata share Bladensburg was even worse… they said man they had farmers out there… they had women… men…. children… because it was everybody was called… because if we don’t stop the redcoats then man where does it stop… it won’t… as a result of it man… I’ve got to tell you it was a blood bath… it is so bad that not only when the red coats finish they said there are so many bodies on the ground… that you could actually cross one on one end of the battlefield to the other… never touch a blade of grass… as a result of it they head to D.C. they burn D.C. to the ground including quote… they white house… matter of fact they burn it all the way to the ground… and we rebuilt it… we only had white paint… there you go… that’s where we get it… my brothers in Christ… meanwhile… while they’re burning they capital to the ground… they need a doctor… they go to Bladensburg… and they find doctor Beanes… they ask doctor Beanes man look… could you get some doctors together… nurses… somebody… he said look stop… until I see it with my own eyes… until I’m there in person… how do I know what to do…as a result man he goes… he said it’s carnage everywhere…he said he did more amputations… more surgeries… he buried more people he even did the funerals for them… he said for two weeks solid… I never stopped… he said that’s how bad it was… and as far as the rumor that you couldn’t walk across the field… and touch a blade of grass.. he said that wasn’t a rumor… he said that was true… he said by the time he finishes up he’s heading back to his little town…which is just outside of Bladensburg… this is where the red coats came back to stay after burning D.C. he’s walking through town and since they’ve been there for a while… man they’ve been drinking…pillaging… plundering… man he walks in his town and he’s got buildings on fire… he’s got people been raped and pillaged… he’s walking through town… the are drunk as you can imagine… two soldiers approach him… and decide that they want to do what they want to do… you know you could have picked a fight with a lot of guys… Beanes wouldn’t have been the one… as a result of it can I tell you … he beat them two guys like rented mules… he beat them so bad he brought them to jail… he left them in jail… next thing you know he goes back to his work… well they escape the jail… go all the way to Chesapeake bay… they get the Admiral who’s in charge of the whole armada… they put out a warrant… they go get Beanes… they capture him… bring him all the way back to Chesapeake bay… put him in the bottom of a boat… and latch him to the bottom of the hall… man the colonist are enraged… I mean they didn’t start this fight… first of all you weren’t even invited next thing you know Venice was only doing what any other man would have done… as a result of it they need an attorney… so they said look let’s be honest there’s only one guy that we can get… that has the respect of the crown but the admiration of the people…his name is key… he’s that good…they get him… they bring him out to Chesapeake bay… he meets with the admiral… he says admiral I understand you have a… doctor Beanes here… he said I am here in person… to tell you… you need to cut this one loose… you don’t  need the headache… you don’t know what’s coming… just cut it loose … lets walk away… he said I’m not cutting him loose and I’m not letting him go… he said well look Adam…well let me tell how this is going to play out… two-thirds of your men… two-thirds… were put together by this doctor that you now have in the bottom… and he can hear the conversation… he said the other third he ended up burying… not to mention all the colonist that he helped… so if indeed y’all quote win the war end quote… you’re going to need him here… so I would suggest you let him go… he said you know what… I’ll tell you what… we’ll let him go… but I can’t let you leave this ship right now… because we’re about to start bombing… he said so I’m going to ask you to stay here… not much he can say about it… but when it’s over… me and Beanes leave… he said that’s correct… Beanes is down below the deck… he says man Key I can’t thank you enough for coming to get me… he said man if anybody had come in person man I would’ve known it would’ve been you… he said what’s going on out there… he said man the bombs are flying… he said there was so much smoke and he said you ought to see the red glare… oh… man… yes Lord… half … half Lord have now understood… he said man… when the smoke cleared I could still see the flag… we truly are the land of the free and the home of the brave… man you know him as Francis Scott Key… but if he doesn’t show up in person… then we never have what you and I know as the Star Spangled Banner… my brothers and sisters in Christ…

C. That… is exactly the gospel… the good Lord shows up… in person… incarnationally…that’s important to you and I… now stop… he goes into the river of Jordan… and before I digress let me just tell you… you couldn’t pick a more polluted river if you went out of your way to find one… he goes into the river to get baptized… he’s trying to tell you and I… I got baptized… you’ve got to show up in person and be baptized… I showed up incarnationally… you got to show up in your person… now stop… this is what you need to know… the guy that wrote this gospel… his name is Luke… Luke… never saw Christ… Christ had already come and gone… never met him… did not have a divine revelation like saint Paul who was Saul… who was thrown to the ground… he doesn’t have that… he is a physician by trade… do you know his gospel is over eighteen thousand words… okay it may not seem like a lot… it should… but you know the average length of a letter in their day somewhere between fifty to seventy five maybe a hundred words… eighteen thousand words… he’s the only one that talks about the prodigal son… he’s the only one that talks about the good Samaritan… he’s the only one that talks about John the Baptists birth… you know what’s amazing… we actually think he has a great relationship what the blessed mother… because Luke is the only one that spends time talking about her… because in the gospel he actually says that Mary pondered these things in her heart… we’ll how would he know what she pondered in her heart if he doesn’t sit at her side… just to understand… my brothers and sisters in Christ… almost the whole rosary comes from the gospel of Luke… my brothers and sisters in Christ you need to understand two… that Luke is telling you about John the Baptist… now let’s make sure you understand something… there are several rivers nearby that you could have gotten baptized in… this is why he chose the Jordan… when they cross into the promised land… where did they cross… at the exact same spot that he is getting baptized… who was the guy that led them into the promised land… you know remember when Moses takes a million roughly… a million Israelites… away from the Egyptians… remember okay… remember when Charlton Hesston does it… okay good you understand… right when he finally gets out there he’s there for forty years… only two people… two… of the original one million people… reach the promised land… there were others but that’s different generations… that tells you how many people quote get saved end quote…two made it… Yahushua and Caleb… Yahushua… in Greek his name is Jesus … so where they cross over… is where he’s getting baptized… if you were to look in a map it’s the lowest place in all the world… so Christ goes from the highest of the high to the lowest of the low… when Naaman goes to see Elijah… he says to him you need to get baptized in the river Jordan… seven times… Naaman is a leper… he is a general… the only reason they’re putting up with this leper is he’s that good of a general… as a result of it he goes to every river but that one… finally one of his cohorts… his lieutenants if you will… Naaman… can you just walk in the river… seven times and let’s do this and go home… look if it ain’t working it ain’t working but man we’ve gone to every river now… the seventh time he comes out it falls like snowflakes off of him… my brothers and sisters in Christ the Good Lord showed up incarnatonally…in other words he came in person… look… my brothers and sisters in Christ he shows up and the wedding of Cana… for seven days… you know why he shows up at the wedding of Cana… because he’s telling you and I… when you want to get married… you need to be physically in front of me… in person… so therefor don’t mail it in… I don’t want to hear about you going to the beach…I  don’t want to hear about you did it at your friend’s house… but you know that beautiful antebellum home… well you don’t understand the setting Lord… yes the good Lord is everywhere… but he is physically present and in person… here in the Tabernacle… that’s why you and I have to show… so when the good Lord goes to anoint people… he goes to their house to anoint them… how would you feel if you called up on the phone saying Father… I need you to come … come quick you need to anoint my dad…my mom… my in-laws… man you’ve got to come Father… and I said well here just put them on the Phone… okay that’s mailing it in…my brothers in Christ that’s why the good Lord made sure he went to the wedding of Cana…my brothers in Christ that’s why he walked into the Jordan… that’s why he made sure he went to the house to anoint… this is why he makes sure in Hebrews 5 I will choose priest among men for the forgiveness of sins… no one is to take it upon themselves… look we are all Thomas’s if you don’t show up… you would’ve never seen it… now look… stop for a minute… you and I… are at the river Jordan… the good Lord walks out there… we’re not really sure who he is… we do notice a lot of people talking… pointing… staring… talking about it… then all of a sudden the heavens open up … in their language… kismo … schism… he actually tore the heavens open and then a dove descends… you hear God the Father speak… this is my Son with who I am well pleased… the dove hovers over… and then John the Baptist baptizes him… Father Son and Holy Spirit… make sure you understand… if you were still standing.. after you saw the heavens tear apart… or you even heard God the Father speak…my brothers in Christ the reason the dove he comes in a physical appearance… is so you and I could recognize it… in other words if the Holy Spirit comes but we don’t see it for he is the wind… as you heard it in the responsorial psalm then you and I wouldn’t understand there’s a triune God… he’s doing it so that you and I can identify… remember… they are distinct… by the are not separate… i.e. I say God the Father you say oh yeah I got it… I say the Son you say oh yeah that’s Christ…if I say a dove or tongues of fire… you say oh I get it… they are distinct but they are not separate… my brothers in Christ everywhere Christ went he went for a reason… he shows up in the synagogue… on their Saturday afternoon… from Friday afternoon to Saturday… the means you and I got to show up in person… 

D. Look goes back in scripture… all of our best players… show up in person… look… Mary Magdalene… what if she wanted to mail it in… its man its Sunday morning I ain’t getting up…Mary hasn’t moved… even though she already knows her son’s resurrected… I can’t find the apostles… so why do I want to get up… I mean really… a boulder… soldiers… please… because she doesn’t mail it in and she shows up in person she is the first to see the risen Christ… and I’ve got to tell you … Peters argument later in life… Lord why did you show yourself to Magdalene… and not to me… you know what his words were… you know when I was up there… I looked for you… you weren’t there in person but she was… my brothers and sisters in Christ you ever ask yourself about John the Baptist… when he’s in prison about to be  beheaded he takes two of his best players… he says go see Christ and when you see him ask him… are you the one… or is there somebody coming afterwards… he’s not sending them for him y’all… he was baptized in the womb… remember he dances in the womb when Mary intercedes by her greeting… first intercessory prayer… I digress… he’s baptized in the womb… so much for only being baptized when you can stand on your own two feet and proclaim when you’re eighteen or nineteen you’ve accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior… what… a joke… I had another word but I’m glad I stopped before I got to that word…my brothers and sister in Christ imagine what the good Lord says… did you not see… the blind see.. the lame walk… the dead rise… my brothers in Christ the reason the Baptist is sending them… he wants them to be first hand witnesses…. so when they go out and proclaim they can say no…I was there… in person… I saw it… I touched him… I brought the blind person… I brought the cripple… he’s trying to prepare them for what is to come…my brothers and sisters in Christ what if Paul decides he’s going to mail it in… I’m not going to help Titus… I’m not going back to Crete… I’m not going to Ephesus… skip Corinth… I just don’t have time for it anymore…

E. My brothers in Christ here you and I sit two thousand years later… the problem is we’ve gotten used to mailing it in… that’s the problem… my brothers and sisters in Christ in the middle of the whatever you want to call this… pandemic… whatever you want to call it… if there’s ever a time you and I need to be in church bending a knee… it’s right now… and man we run… in fear… but yet Father I mean I can’t get there… where were you this weekend… well we had a ball game… got it… whole weekend… whole weekend… man father I couldn’t find a church we had ball field we had games and we had this and we had that… wait a minute did you find first base… well yeah…well them you should have found a church… my brothers and sisters in Christ you’re panicking because at the end of the day you don’t realize that he is God and we are not… and if there’s every a place where you would be most safe… may I rest assure…you and tell you would it not be here… would not receiving him be worth some validation… would you say that if there were lepers between you and him on the way on the journey to go see him that you would actually stop and turn around and say well there was too many lepers in the way…as if the guy on the other side couldn’t take care of that… prevent it… or cure you… but yet we live in a world where we don’t even go back to mass… my brothers in Christ you’ve got to stop watching it on television… he said oh I did I watched you on television… well kudos  for you… but at the end of the day did you receive the communion… if I am not in you and you are not in me… then you do not have eternal life… my brothers in Christ he’s not… not… going to come down in person… and say stick your fingers in my hands and your hands in my side… so that you may believe… my brothers and sister in Christ think about the Sistine Chapel… God the Father in that massive painting he’s reaching out with his finger… and there’s Adam on the other side reaching out… and there’s a gap about this much between the fingers… might as well be a mile… it’s free will …my brothers and sister in Christ you and I got to stop mailing it in… you need to start coming back to mass… are you going to go to adoration… even if it’s just for a few minutes…when is it going to come back and be a part of your life… if Christ was here physically standing in front of you… would you not make sure that you came by every day… oh Father but you don’t understand I mean when I go by the church I make sure to make the sign of the cross… well he thanks you for that… by why don’t you stop in and visit with him… it’s the difference between writing a letter and showing up… my brothers in Christ you’ve got to show up in person… he did it… what’s going to be our excuse… man Lord I was just too busy… my brothers in Christ on the day you and I die… on the day we die… that Nano second… no mercy… only judgment remains… but yet when I talk to families everybody’s in a better spot… everybody… is in a better spot… what a crock… no way no how the gates to heaven are small… the gates to hell are large… my brothers and sisters in Christ I’m begging you… stop mailing it in… get to church… do some time in front of him in adoration… bring that water down… have peace in your life… 

F. And I will leave you in the words of Martin Luther King… if you can fly… fly…if you can’t then run… if you can’t run then walk… if you can’t walk then crawl… but for the love of God show up in person…

G. Amen. 

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