Homily Helping Hands - July 3, 2022

Luke 10: 1-12, 17-20                               7-3-2022                                    (As built, Amite #502)

  1. Helping hands… helping hands…
  2. The year is nineteen twenty… it is the height if you will of the depression… his name is Reuben… Reuben is living in Brooklyn… he is in the Bronx big city… New York city… it’s a new world for him… he’s from Poland… he’s only been there man only maybe a few months… he’s got to work… so he goes to his uncle who owns the Senator Frozen Product company… he goes there to work with his uncle because he makes ice… he makes frozen ice… kind of an ice cream of sorts… they are coming up with an understanding of how to do ice cream sandwiches… they’ve come up with what they believe is a chocolate… they are working on vanilla… and maybe a strawberry… frozen ice… but their big product is lemon ice… it’s the height of the depression things are getting tough… but while Reuben is there he meets the love of his life… Rose… and man they just seem to hit it off… so they both go to the uncle and say look… if we are going to make this leap into this ice cream business this frozen ice business… man allow us to fix it… let us fix something… because we are not going to make it the way we are going… he said look it’s the depression… man the prices are going off the charts… prices… are going off the charts… okay just making sure you got that… as a result of it he said look what we need to do the uncle said is to put more air into this product you call ice cream… to the point of almost seventy-five precent… which is what it is today… he says no we need to go the other way… because people want better product for their money because the money is tight… so therefore why don’t we cut it below twenty five precent… he said man we’re not going to make it… he said I’m telling you we will kind of market it to just a certain group… he said we will start out in the universities… he said my wife and I will make the trips… horse drawn wagon is how they delivered it… he said no I’m not interested… they start their own business… she gets dressed up to the nines… I mean she is elegant… I’m talking about the long dress etc.… heat of the day etc.… she gets in the horse drawn buggy and they start delivering… then the greyhound buses come around and they start delivering… they go to universities… and I got to tell you… they decided to make their little emblem the country of Denmark… okay here… the country of Denmark I don’t know if you heard that… obviously you did… and then as a result it got so good and so popular… that the competitors called it frozen sin… swing and a miss… wow… tell me you’ve heard of Haagen-Dazs my brothers and sisters in Christ… okay no ice cream for nobody today… my brothers and sisters in Christ don’t worry that one will never be pitched again… I can promise you… man you know what’s funny they interview him… they later sell their company too Pillsbury for some seventy million dollars… you know what’s amazing… is that when they interviewed him towards the end of his life and they asked Reuben… fill in the blank… if it hadn’t been for blank… I wouldn’t be here today… he said oh man Rose… after he passed they went to Rose… and said fill in the blank… if it hadn’t been for blank I wouldn’t be here today… she said Reuben… she said we were like helping hands…
  3. My brothers and sisters in Christ… that is exactly the Gospel… the good Lord is saying that there is no such thing as a self-made man… this is why I’m going to send you out two by two… he says can you imagine… you’re about to go out… and the good Lord has seventy to seventy-two disciples... and I’ll explain why there is…why people think there is a discrepancy… he’s about to send out seventy-two… as a result of it can you imagine… he finally ordains these seventy-two to go out into the world… right when they go to go pick up their stuff he said oh no no… no I’m sorry... no money bag... no money belt… no money… money is no object… we have none… then you bend down and start to put on your sandals… and he says oh no no no… you don’t wear sandals… oh what are you doing with that walking stick… no walking stick… and oh by the way don’t network along the way to kind of make ends meet so when you come back you got something you could live off of… first house you go to… the one that accepts you… that’s where you stay… my brothers in Christ he’s telling everybody…I’m the helping hand… you got to learn to expect it from me… more importantly you better learn to take it from your brother… more Importantly you need to understand there is no self-made man...there is no such thing as someone that just says man I just got the gift of athleticism… intellect… I’ve got the ability to be coordinated… I’ve got the ability to reason… the logic… to know business… medicine… engineering… all gifts come from God… now stop you need to understand this… you’re a first century Jew… these are the things you know… first of all if Luke doesn’t write this story… nobody knows about it… if it hadn’t been for him we would not know… the seventy-two disciples… is very old testament driven… so it’s not ironic that Christ pulls seventy-two to send out before he leaves… listen to me this is how it works… if you and I were to go back to Moses… we would learn that Moses was in the desert… he can’t handle one million people complaining incessantly… he needs help… he needs seventy-two… so what happens is… is he calls on the good Lord and asks him to ordain seventy people to help him.. he ordains seventy in the group… then there are two people outside that also received the gift… hence the term seventy-two… my brothers and sisters in Christ… make sure you understand this… every Jew walking the earth… listen to me… they all know where he’s going… nobody is standing back going what’s seventy-two twelve… three… do what… they get it… they all know that there was God... then Moses comes… then Moses goes to Aaron… and Abihu… and Nadab… and then from those three… he goes to the twelve tribes… and from the twelve tribes…they pull seventy-two people… one…three…twelve… and seventy-two… fast forward a thousand years… two thousand years… Christ comes… Peter James and John… the twelve Apostles… inclusive of the three… but still the twelve… and then now he’s picking seventy-two… everybody knows he’s starting a new church… this is exactly where they are going nobody is fooled… nobody is saying man that’s a miracle… everybody knows where he’s going… more importantly my brothers and sisters in Christ… he makes a very powerful statement… how well did you listen… when the apostles said something to him… he said I saw Satan fall from the sky like lightning… the only way you could see Satan fall from the sky is on day one… when God created the light… God created the Angels… the Angels only have free will one time and one time only… which means they got to immediately decide… will I worship him in Heaven… or will I rule in hell… and as a result of it for him to make that statement… he’s saying remember this… very subtly I’m telling you I was in the beginning… this is why John makes the proclamation… the word was in the beginning… the word was God… the word is God… he was with God… this is why you and I pray… Lord… Jesus… Lord again… at the beginning of mass... my brothers in Christ he’s sat at the table… please remember this as well as a first century Jew… we do not believe Christ wore sandals during the crucifixion… even though everybody paints it that way… why… because of that statement… ninety-five precent of the people are poor… only five precent of the population roughly wears sandals… you had to be a person of means… Christ wouldn’t wear sandals… if his followers were not… did he not say that if I’m going to get on my knees and wash your feet… so will you do it to others… so if Christ is not going to wear sandals… neither will they… he’s not going to wear them in hopes that they follow suit… and then more importantly if you’re at the crucifixion… the one thing that you are going to argue over is the sandals not the bloody cloak or the garment that he’s wearing… my brothers and sisters in Christ it’s important you understand… it’s all about a helping hand… and the good Lord is saying that you better learn to love your neighbor…
  4. Look all of our best players… have people that offer helping hands… where would Peter be… if it hadn’t been for his brother Andrew… Andrew is the one that goes to him and says we’ve found the Messiah… that’s why he got the second line of the creed… my brothers and sisters in Christ if it hadn’t been for him would Peter have ever gotten it… where would Peter be if it hadn’t been for his wife… according to tradition Porphyria… if she doesn’t agree for him to go out and proclaim the Gospels… how does he every get past go… my brothers in Christ where would James be without John or John without James… where would Paul be if it hadn’t been for Luke… or where would Peter be if it hadn’t been for the writer Mark… my brothers and sisters in Christ everybody that goes out has a helping hand… there are no such things as self-made men and women… he’s saying you got to learn to help one another…
  5. My brothers and sisters in Christ here you and I sit some two thousand years later… what part of this don’t you and I understand… my brothers and sisters in Christ it’s important that you understand... that you and I are only going to get to Heaven by helping others… the fact of the matter is we’re only going to get to heaven because somebody helped you and I… on somebodies coat tails you and I have made it... so when we start to think that we are self-made... I’m telling you that’s the beginning of the fall… so ask yourself one question… you fill in the blank… if it hadn’t been for blank… I wouldn’t be here today… if it hadn’t been for blank I wouldn’t be where I am today… if it hadn’t been for blank I may not even be alive today… my brothers and sisters in Christ… you’ve got to make sure that your name is somewhere in one of those three blanks… because if you’re not and you get to heaven and you know no one… which would be impossible… therefore you’re at the wrong gate… so on judgment day if you show up and you don’t recognize any body on the other side of the proverbial gate… you’re at the wrong gate… and there’s not a dang thing we can do about it… my brothers and sisters in Christ for all eternity… our life is nothing but a glimpse… maybe a hundred years at best… all eternity my brothers and sisters in Christ… it’s all about love of neighbor… it’s about giving a helping hand… you know the one commandment that we break incessantly… it’s the eighth commandment… thou shall not bear false witness… against thy neighbor… you know the problem is we think it only applies to you swear to tell the whole truth… and nothing but the truth… so help you God… can I tell you that is the oldest line in the book… and as a result of it you and I buy in that that’s the only argument… it’s called the sin of detraction… when you email… text message… gossip or slander… you go out of your way to bad mouth somebody else… it’s called the sin of detraction… you steal their honor and lower them in the eyes of other because… well you’re self-righteous… because… you’ve been proclaimed the new God… I mean we judge as we drive out into the street… at fifty miles an hour… my brothers and sisters in Christ we belittle and judge people just like the drop of a hat… the problem is once you break the commandment you can’t receive communion… my brothers and sisters in Christ don’t you see… you and I have to learn to help one another… it’s got to be a helping hand… you know you can fill in those blanks with maybe different people… maybe it’s the same person… well the fact of the matter is our name needs to be in the blank… look take the… and it’s not a parable… the rich man who steps over the poor man Lazarus… and as a result of it he’s eating the scraps off the table the dogs are licking his wounds… they die on the same day… the rich man had no names in that blank… more importantly he thought he was self-made… moreover… my brothers and sisters in Christ… nobody would have stuck his name in the blank… if he would have helped that man… Lazarus… instead of stepping over him… Lazarus could have said if it hadn’t been for this man I would not be here today… my brothers and sisters in Christ he didn’t kill anybody either… so when work calls can I tell you take the phone call… look I understand you might be the only number that everybody has… that in all the people at work yours is the only one that rings… maybe your family… you’re the only ones phone number that rings as if you don’t have siblings… because the grace is for you… and that’s what you need… so when you do that you receive the grace… and nobody else does… this is why he tells them you bless the house… if they don’t want it… it comes back to you… when somebody curses you… belittles you… judged you… you pray for them and if the blessing is not accepted it comes back to you two-fold… this is why I want to make sure you understand… you got to offer a helping hand… you got to reach out to somebody… you got to make sure that they are okay… nobody said you have to stop your whole world… but at the end of the day… you don’t make heaven without helping somebody else… it’s love of God and love of neighbor… my brothers and sisters in Christ don’t you get it…
  6. At the end of the day the only way to thank God for your eyesight… is to help a person in total darkness… by reaching with a helping hand…
  7.  Amen. 

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