Homily Choice - September 11, 2022

Luke 15:1-32           9-11-2022         (As built, Amite  #511) 

  1. Choice…  as in a choice to make… there is always consequences for choice… be that as it may…
  2. His name is… actually he’s the first he goes by Benjamin… sometimes actually it’s kind of a little bit of a slang term for him but this is like in the nineteen thirties… and he is a New York boy Benjamin is… and I’ll tell you this not only is he a New York boy he is a very Jewish New York boy… and as a result of it he is very devoted to his country… to his faith… to their traditions… but he will tell you if you and I were to ask him… if we were to ask him man what was life in grammar school… what was life in high school… he’d say you know it was kind of uneventful I kind of did my think you know… he said but I got out he said I never forgot what my dad told me… he said remember life is choices… there’s consequences for your decisions… there’s consequences for your actions… but you are free to make your own choice… and he said well I feel that I need to go help in the war… World War II broke out and as you know man he’s very devout and very Jewish… he said you man they’re killing Jews man I need to go help… and he does… when he comes back he’s trying to decide on where to go to college… he wants to go to Syracuse but he wants to make some money… he’s older now… and his dad said son once again life is choices… nobody could ever take that education from you… make the right decision make the right choice… but it’s yours to make… he goes to school… he finishes… and he’ll tell you that his high school sweetheart… who ultimately he saw again in college… man she was the girl for him… he said man personality… disposition… he said he was so attracted to her… he said man it was my soulmate… he said man so we decide to get married… and he said man I’m doing anything… he said I’m starving to death… he said I’m doing odd and end jobs for the newspaper… I’m doing some for the tv… I’m doing this I’m doing that… and then I come home one day and tell her that I would like to go to Los Angeles… to maybe find work at a tv station do some work and maybe get a bit part in the movies… so he does that… and he goes there and he gets in a couple little things… one movie was called Highway to Hell… I’m so glad you haven’t watched that… okay I digress… and then he gets in couple other little movies and they’re okay… one is called hairspray… wow really four people actually nod their head this is amazing… and then he gets in a couple others… then his wife comes to him… and tells him you know you really need to get more in tv then movies… and he said honey it’s not like I can just jump from one to the next… and he said but I’ll try it… now remember this is the nineteen sixties… he doesn’t become popular… popular until the year two thousand… I mean… he’s in Zoolander one and two… but he makes his debut as George Costanza’s dad… he makes his debut as George’s Constanza’s dad… Seinfeld my brothers and sisters in Christ… for the six people who still watch that show… all of a sudden man he’s in another little sitcom and I got to tell you… his popularity grows and grows… and pretty soon… do you know who stiller is… okay… well that’s who it is… okay good alright… my brothers in Christ you know what’s amazing is they do an interview with him right before he passed… and he said of all the decisions you made in your life… which one is the best one you’ve ever made… he said you know you’re pretty popular… you know your son he’s got all kind of shows… and this that and the other and he said no… best decision ever bar none… marrying my wife…he said man it was wow… where would I be without her… she’s a devout Catholic… he’s a devout Jew… he said man I got to tell you… so he does an interview and the man asked him… so when did you know that your wife was the one… only he could have responded this way… he said man I come back from college and I don’t have a nickel to my name… I picked the most expensive restaurant in Brooklyn… he said I can’t rub two nickels together... he said I begged... I borrowed… I stole… he said I came up with all I could do… to make sure she could get anything she wanted on the menu… now I can’t eat… but I’m going to make sure she gets fed… he said man we go to the restaurant… and he said I’ve been waiting for this… this is the girl… this is the moment… this is what I live for… he said she looks at the menu… and then she closes it and she says I’ll have a cup of coffee… and he said so that’s when you knew you made the right choice… he said no when I got up she stole the silverware and put it in her purse and left… my brothers and sisters in Christ it’s all about choices… 
  3. That is that gospel… my brothers and sisters in Christ… give me my share of your estate… so I may be on my way… now stop you need to understand something… this is very Jewish… Christ is a Jew… his mother is a Jew his step-father is a Jew…he’s circumcised as a Jew… he’s crucified as a Jew… he’s Jewish… you need to study scripture through the eyes of a Jew… we are the descendants of the Jews… my brothers and sisters in Christ this is what you need to understand… whenever you hear a parable… there are no names given… there is just the rich man… the poor man… the servant… my son… the sheep… so here’s the irony… in a psalm… there’s always a twist… and in the Jewish word there’s a nimshal… a nimshal is the one line that tells you what it’s all about… so every time you read a parable there’s always a twist… and then there’s the nimshal… which is what the whole point of it was… so the twist is would you leave ninety-nine sheep… they’re in a desert my brothers and sisters in Christ you’re going to leave them in the desert by themselves you’re not putting them in a fold… you’re not corralling them… you’re walking away from ninety-nine sheep to go find one… that’s the twist… you wouldn’t do it… the nimshal is that people are going to rejoice when you bring the lamb back… in other words as it is in heaven… my brothers in Christ the lady that lost one coin out of ten… she lost a denarius which is a days wage… do you honestly believe she’s going to call her neighbors and say I’ve lost that one coin… and when she finds it she’s going to tell them to come over and celebrate… you’re going to lose more money… you’re going to have a drunken steward come into your house… so why would she do it… she’s doing it to tell you that I’m going to go out of my way even if you make a bad choice… to stop you from making it to prevent you from going any one step further… but letting you know that you can always return home… Judas…
  4. My brothers and sisters in Christ listen to what I’m telling you… this is what’s going on in scripture… two thousand years ago all of our best players are making bad decisions… but their ability to return home is great… even if you made a bad choice your ability to rebound is great… Mary Magdalene has all seven demons but she rebounds so great she’s the first to see the risen Christ… Saul is going to butcher people and after three days of being blinded becomes the greatest Christian Catholic orator there is in the day today… what about Joseph of Arimathea… once you give up your tomb for somebody else… in particular the one they call the Messiah… you’re not going to be able to stay in your home… it was more important to him to make the right choice… 
  5. My brothers and sisters in Christ here you and I sit two thousand years later… more important today the you know… the choices that you and I make ought to be spot on with the teachings of the church… you and I no longer… listen to me… you no longer live in a world… that you think you’re going to run free… you’re going to have to learn to plant your flag and say this is where it stops… my brothers and sisters in Christ you have a choice… and there are consequences for making the wrong one… you need to understand that now… you need to stay closer to the church then you ever have… how many times do I hear people come up and say… from the little innocuous things… Father I’m just angry… that’s just how God made me… no he didn’t… he made all things good… you make yourself angry… and you spew that venom in everybody you come out with… you curse because… you mean the only words out of your mouth are GD and MF… there’s forty thousand words in the English language and you can’t find two to replace it… you want to talk about words that came out of the mouth of lucifer… those two are it… don’t tell me it’s not mortal… bearing false witness… my brothers and sisters in Christ… when you decide to get on that internet… and you say let me tell you what I think of so and so… you get on that text message and you say well let me tell you… I know the truth… it’s got nothing to do with the truth… nobody told you and I to be the town crier… at the end of the day you and I are to love God and love neighbor… be a true witness to Jesus Christ… that means that you can not bear false witness by getting out and printing it… or getting out and writing it and just proclaiming it’s true and that’s the truth and that’s just how it is… as if somebody made you and I judge and jury… my brothers and sisters in Christ listen to me… listen to what I’m about to tell you… you need to make sure you do your homework… it’s not up to me to proclaim what the president is or is not doing… that executive order that was signed in march… to go to a digital currency… you can dismiss it… you can just say it ain’t got nothing to do with me… you may even be foolish enough to think that digital currency is your answer… do as you please… go back and read that document… you don’t think he brought in eighty-seven thousand agents… tiger stadium… he brought it in for digital currency my friends… break out the number of parishes for the eighty-seven thousand agents that’s twenty per parish per county in the United States… why do you think they have the right to issue their own warrants… why do you think they’re gunned and manned and have badges… do you think that Digital currency… read the law that’s coming into play… seven months from the inception of the executive order… October… they will issue the new digital currency… it will be in play by December… by the start of the year… you will lose total control over your world…they’re going to issue a new type of credit system… called a social credit system… in the law itself the executive order… there are seven responses favorable if you decide to buy electric cars… you stay green… and if you go across these things then you’re going to lose credits… I’m speaking from what I’ve read… you need to do the same… you and I are going to have to start making choices… and they are going to be sooner than you think… my brothers and sisters in Christ little decisions turn into big decisions… you got to learn to stop cussing… you go to learn to stop gossiping… you got to learn to start praying with one another… and let me tell you while I’m on my soap box let me just keep going while I’m at it… I’m already getting a phone call what difference does it make now my brothers and sisters in Christ… I’m already out the box… what difference does it make for you to go to Disney land… have you lost your mind… did they not just put out something of satanic worship… to children… and you think it's okay to still go… oh I get it… your mutual fund is tied up to it but what control do you have of that… is it not your money for now… it’s sinful that people should support that… while our church and our children flail… satanic worship… my brothers and sisters in Christ… did you see who the president picked… to be the head of his monkey pox vaccine… the Satan worshipper… y’all think I’m making this up… oh you think we live in a world where oh man don’t worry about it father it’s football season life’s going to be good… we got this… don’t you worry about it… I’m telling you what’s coming I’m telling you if you do not pick your head up… and you and I do not learn to start praying… that we don’t learn to go back to confession… and you don’t go to adoration and spend some time… and you don’t go to the sacraments so that you can receive the grace… you’re not going to have your head up long enough to understand that you can’t make the decision… ask yourself this question… why in the Sam hill would the saint warn you and I… Pio… Faustina… Pius… and Paul… two of our best popes… say that there’s going to be a warning so that God can warn you of what is to come… if there wasn’t a choice for you to make once it comes… why would you illuminate my head if it wasn’t to tell me what is about to come… there would be no reason… I am begging you to pick your head up… I am begging you to make the right choice… I am begging you to learn to bend your knee… and you and I need to come together and pray as one… if you need to go to confession you find me… I don’t care what you got to do… you call… you air mail it… you send a pigeon… you air write it I don’t care you come find me… or Howard or Miles or Juan… so that we can hear your confession… the closer you stay to Christ… the better your decisions will be… the better choice you will make… listen to what I’m telling you… the world is out of control… do you not see that… oh my God… did he not tell us what’s good is going to be bad… and what bad is now good… my brothers and sisters in Christ do what you do best… stay close to Christ… ask yourselves one question… why now… why us… why now… why us… I just buried seven people in about twenty days… not one of them got a warning… not one got shot across the bow… why would you and I be chosen… why us why now… because time is short and of the essence… my brothers in Christ I am not a doomsayer… I a soothsayer… I do not drink Kool-Aid… all I know is logical… that if the good Lord… does not stick his finger in what we are doing…we will not see the forest for the trees… do you know in Germany right now the bishops voted over two-thirds they didn’t get the one vote… over two-thirds of the bishops in Germany voted for same-sex marriage… and they’re going to vote publicly on Monday… I bet you they get everybody but about five bishops and I can tell you the ones… and you’re telling me that we live in a good world… do what you and I do best… stay close to the church… hang in there my brothers and sisters in Christ… I’m telling you the teachings of the church are true… make the right choices and the only way you can make it is to stay close to him… you keep your head up… you finish what we started… ask yourself why now why us… why you why me… because he’s called us…
  6. Aman

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