Homily Disciple - February 27, 2022

Luke 6: 39 -45              2-27-2022         (As built, Amite #486)

A. Disciple… or just a believer… disciple or are we just simple believers… well let’s see…

B. The year is about 1920… 1930… he is the Chancellor if you will… sometimes referred to as the colonel… he’s the Chancellor of England… and as a result of it man… his prestige is known throughout the country… I mean for all intense purposes… the Chancellor could be the king… I mean he is as popular as the prime minister… he can do the things that a king does… everybody knows him… he’s been in the public arena… he’s been in the work world… and he’s gotten quite popular… and today… of all days… he’s going to announce… and throw a big party… for his new wedding… that’s right… he’s going to announce to the world that he is getting married… he unfortunately… hasn’t told his wife yet… easy does it… my brothers and sister in Christ it absolutely happens to be the most coldest day ever… in the UKs history… I’m telling you it’s so cold that the very marrow of your bones… would almost freeze if you stood outside fifteen minutes… they actually say if you made it twenty you’re something superior… they said that day was so cold you would literally walk backwards through life… he said simply because that the wind would just cut through it’s like a knife… he said you would literally take the coat and wrap it inward and duck and pull your head down and walk backwards… that is the day he’s decided to go public… unfortunately… he hasn’t told his soon to be ex… as a result of it… man word travels fast… and by the time it gets to his ex… can I tell you she has decided… I … will pull off the perfect murder… my own… as a result of it she gets in her car… she drives up to this embankment… she gets it up… she puts it in neutral… leaves the keys in it… takes her jacket… leaves it on the front seat… she gets out… and when I tell you… with everything she could do… every ounce of her being… she pushed… she shoved… she backed into it… she finally got it… the car goes off the embankment… goes down into what they call a barrow pit so it’s kind of dark… man  there it goes… down into the bottom… she gets back home… she gets on the phone and calls and tells the Chancellor… I’m coming over to your announcement party… and I’m going to let everybody know… just what a good guy you are… man he is frantic… so much so man he jumps in his car… he says man just stay where you are I’m coming … he drives all the way over to her house man he can’t find her… cars missing…looks like somebody just left… and then it hits him… she’s back at the party … man he jumps in the car he drives all the way back… he’s gone for almost an hour… he gets there and man everything is normal… everybody is doing their thing… waiting for the big announcement… and then he says well maybe I just… maybe it was a misunderstanding… so as a result man… party goes off he makes his announcement… next morning… man the Po-Po show up at his door… my version of police my brothers and sisters in Christ… as a result man they knock on the door… he comes down… they say Mr. Chancellor we need to talk to you… he said I understand… they said I need to talk to you about your ex-wife… he said well what about her… he said well we found her car… went off a bank and into a barrow pit we’re searching for her body… and then it hits him… oh no… he said wait a minute stop… she probably drove it off… and he said well Chancellor that can’t be right because it was in neutral… he said oh… well she probably pushed it off… he said in this weather… her coat was on the front seat… sounds like somebody pushed her off for her… he said wait a minute where are you going with that… he said well I’m just asking you Chancellor… were you here all night… and then it hits him… he wasn’t… for an hour he’d gone missing… they said man we need to take you down to the Po-po station… as a result man they get him down to the station… next thing you know they start interviewing him… you know what they are going to convict him even though they don’t have a body… that’s where they are in the world… she has gone off to another country… she is living low if you will… as a matter of fact because she’s so popular man her name is circulating right because they’re looking for her… they’ve got to have a body for the trial… but let me tell you they’re going to convict him no matter what… they start having a trial and low and behold… she surfaces up in some subway somebody recognizes her picture… picks her out of a crowd… next thing you know she’s being extradited back… man the people can’t believe… she almost pulled off… the perfect murder… man she’s in prison right… she’s in prison for some fifteen or twenty years… I forget what the timeline was… her attorney comes to her and says…what were you thinking… all you had to do was lay low… what are you doing going on a subway… she said you know what I just don’t care… I just did what I thought I had to do… he said well what are you going to do now for a living… he goes I mean are you just going to be one of those you know drive by believers.. She said no… I’m going to be a disciple… I’m going to follow Christ… and the only thing that I know to do… and do well… is write murder mysteries… and you know me as Agatha Christie… 

C. My brothers and sisters in Christ… That… has got nothing to do with that gospel… I couldn’t fit it in for all the kings men I don’t care how I worked it… my brothers and sisters in Christ … exactly what Christ says… he is talking to his apostles… do you want to be my disciples… then it will be on what you do…  and very little to what you have to say… my brothers in Christ now stop you need to understand where they’re at… this is Luke’s gospel… Luke is a physician… Luke is not an Apostle… he’s a follower of Paul… as a result he relies on other firsthand witnesses like that would be the gospel of Mark… so all the people that you hear in the story are first hand witnesses… he’s talking to the apostles… and he’s trying to tell them… you’ve got a real simple world… you either do as I do… and from the fruits of it people will see… or you will just simply mimic the words… and people will see you for who you are… my brothers and sisters in Christ… he’s just started his ministry… he’s not a year into it… his apostles are very new… this is why he’s telling them… it’s not enough for you to repeat my words… it’s not enough for you just to kind of casually follow me… or sometimes believe in me and then have your doubts… he said it’s all going to be predicated on how you act… 

D. My brothers in Christ look… go back in scripture… all of our best players… are people that know how to follow Christ like a disciple… I’ll tell you what… I’ll prove it to you… if I told you in the old testament… if I told you that… even though his friends told him that you need to curse God… even though his wife told him that you need to go against God… he loses seven sons… three daughters… all his camels… all his sheep… and all his cattle… in one day… the only thing out of his mouth was taken came I into the world and naked will I return… Job… for the ten people that know who he is… God bless you… my friends in Christ… so Job is the guy… but you know what’s amazing… it’s not just Job that follows this… it’s everybody… if I told you that he was a follower of Christ… all be it a little bit off in a distance… but at the end of the day he was there to take Christ off the tomb… he was there to put it in his friends tomb…soon as they get caught… they not only kick him out as a Pharisee… they almost beat him to death…and he has to leave Jerusalem within like three weeks after the crucifixion… would you know it was Nicodemus… my brothers in Christ if I told you he gave up his tomb… then you would say oh man that’s Joseph of Arimathea… if I told you that he said truly that man is the son of God… and now his 401k… is a 201k… and that he’ll be butchered by the same men that helped crucify Christ… that he is the one that let them and his name is Longinus… my brothers and sisters in Christ therein lies the point…

E. Here you and I sit… are we disciples… or are we just simple believers… my brothers and sisters in Christ go back and think about all the great players… think about where you and I sit two thousand years later… tell me what you think where you sit in the world… let me ask you my brothers and sisters in Christ… when you send that email… if all we did all day long was just read your emails… would we know that you are an apostolic… you are a disciple of Christ … or did we just mimic the words based on what you said… if they read your emails or your  Facebook… would they know that you’re a disciple of Christ or you just mimic the words but yet you wrote that email… my brothers and sisters in Christ if the good Lord just followed you all day and all he listened to were your words… would he know that you’re a disciple or that you’re just a simple believer… my brothers and sisters in Christ how would I know that you and I are truly disciples of Christ or that we’re truly just simple believers… it’s got to be in our thoughts… in our words… in our actions… what is it the saints tell us… preach the gospel everywhere you go… and only use words when you have to… my brothers and sisters in Christ that’s the world we live in… people are watching to see how we act… the fruit will come from it… what’s in your heart will come out of your mouth… listen to me.. thoughts lead to words… words lead to actions… actions form habits… if you want people to be followers of Christ then they’re going to have to follow you for a day… would they be a better catholic at the end of the day if they followed you and I and everything we did…if they just drove in the car with us… would they know wow… that is a good catholic… or would they say truly this guy had to be in the navy… good you caught on… my brothers and sisters in Christ if they watched just how you responded to your family… would they say… now that… is a dedicated family man… or would they say my Lord my God thank God I don’t go home to that… my brothers and sisters in Christ the way you communicate with one another… would they know that you are truly catholic and a follower of Jesus Christ in so much that you are a disciple not just a simple believer… would you give them the right cheek after they struck you on the left… would you give up your tunic and never ask for it back… would you loan the money and not care where they made it… my brothers and sisters in Christ I tell you what… let’s do this… let’s take  a quiz… oh joy I can see it in your faces… I wish I could have memorized it…but I can’t because just for some reason… so… ten questions… six out of ten does not pass… this isn’t the Louisiana academic society… you have to get seven… out of ten… that’s marginal… eight out of ten.. at least you’re on the right path… nine out of ten you got a little game with you… ten out of ten you cheated… and don’t answer out loud okay…my brothers and sisters in Christ first question… are you a disciple or just a simple believer… when you pass in front of the church do you make the sign of the cross… well I’m going to tell you I’m going to stand outside today and I’m going to watch and see… do you go to the cemetery on all saints and souls day and pray for you loved ones… do you go to confession at least once a month…not once a year… we got that one wrong I can just tell you… once a month… do you know the commandments… in order that he wrote them… don’t you dare check that block okay I’m gonna tell you right now…do you know the commandments in order… do you know half the beatitudes… my brothers in Christ do you go to adoration fifteen minutes a month… do you know you can get an indulgence for going to adoration fifteen minutes a month… my brothers and sisters in Christ if I go by your front yard… would I know you’re catholic… if I sat in your car… would I know you are catholic… did you know that ash Wednesday… is not a holy day… but yet it’s probably the most attended one we have… and the tenth question… I can’t even read my own writing I have no idea what it is… doesn’t matter y’all probably struggling already… I’ll give you that one… my brothers and sister in Christ at the end of the day you’re either in or you’re out… you’re either a disciple of Jesus Christ or your just a simple believer… when they have a conversation let me tell you this it’s not a part time thing… it’s not a sometimes thing… it’s an all-time thing… when you come up and you walk away from a conversation will somebody go … yeah it’s one of those believers… or will they turn around and say truly… that was a disciple of Jesus Christ… yes… or no… 

F. Amen…

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