Homily Trust - October 2, 2022

Luke 17: 5-10      10-2-2022      (As built, Amite #514)

  1. Trust… as in where do you place your trust… 
  2. The year is eighteen sixty-one… the war is inevitable… Mr. Lincoln is doing all he can do… everybody is choosing up sides… well okay not everybody… there is a gentleman by the name of Reverend Mark Watkinson… oh by the way Mark is a Reverend… he is a Baptist minister… he’s a pastor in a little suburb if you will… or a little village in Pennsylvania… as a result of it he has not chosen sides he only wants to be on the side of God… that’s where he puts his trust… so one day all of a sudden the war has taken upon itself… man next thing you know you’ve got… Fort Sumter is fired upon… Bull run has been overrun by the soldiers the war is in Full throttle… Mark pens a letter… he writes it to Salmon Chase… and Salmon Chase is on the board if you will… he is one of the council if you will with President Lincoln… he said Dear sir… how would you like us to be remembered… he said that every civilization that did not trust God… has failed… every civilization that has not trusted God has failed… so therefore in a year from now… ten years from now… ten years from now… if people were to dig up our pottery… our houses… our coins… what would they think of us… as a result I am imploring you to consider putting God on our currency… as a result he thinks about it… two years… it’s almost eighteen sixty-three… eighteen sixty-four… Mr. Salmon Chase the head of the treasury… notices a guy by the name of Mr. Pollock who’s the head of the Mint… he tells Mr. Pollock we need to come up with some words… something that would resonate and let people know we still believe in God… we still trust in Him… and they come up with the immutable words in God we trust… four very powerful words… man as a result of it they decided and Mr. Lincoln agrees to put it on the penny alone… as a result man things started to grow... man it becomes popular… they’re considering putting it on all of the currency… in 1907… the people get so upset they’re so narcissistic…  that people are saying people are too self-centered... too self-driven… they’re too self-motivated… 1907… we want to put the original words back on the coin… and take off in God we trust… we want to remove the four and put back the three… there’s such a large outcry in 1907 that as a result of it… it takes us until nineteen fifty-five… to put the words in God we trust on every coin and every dollar… and every currency that we have… oh that’s right… the words they wanted to replace for that narcissistic group in 1907… mind your business…
  3. My brothers and sisters in Christ in whom do you trust… That is that Gospel … my brothers and sisters in Christ you if trust God and you have faith in him… you could tell a Cyprus tree… you could tell a mulberry tree… to uproot itself… walk into the ocean… plant itself in the bottom and it would grow… let me make sure you understand… if you trust in God and had a little bit of faith… of a mustard seed… you could tell a mulberry tree… or a sycamore tree in their day… to uproot itself… so you could talk to it… it would listen… it would actually uproot itself… walk itself to the ocean… go all the way to the bottom… put its roots back in the ground… albeit salt water… and begin to flourish… do you trust me this much… well my brothers in Christ stop… you’re a first century Jew… please remember this… Christ is a Jew… his mother is Jewish… his stepfather is Jewish… he is circumcised as a Jew… he is found in a temple… he is crucified for being King of the Jews… now he is the Messiah… he could have come in the world any way he wanted… he came in as a Jew… and when he says the words do this in sacrifice of me… start of the Catholic church… just so you know my brothers and sisters in Christ… the word Catholic means according to the whole… it becomes so popular it becomes universal… you do these four things… gather in one place… listen to the apostles… sing the Psalms and break bread… you are no longer considered Jewish… you were considered Catholic… so my brothers and sisters in Christ so you understand the Jewish setting… Luke is a follower of Paul… Luke is a physician by trade… he is speaking to Jews and to Gentiles… so he has to temper the language a little bit… remember Luke is not an apostle… but he is also the only one that has a sequel if you will… he wrote the Gospel… and then he did the acts of the apostles… he’s using parables… why does he use parables… because that’s how you and I remember things… like Paul Harvey… okay good you do understand… he uses a parable but remember this… every parable has a twist… something that doesn’t seem logical… it’s not reasonable… I mean that you could communicate with a tree and it would get up and uproot itself… and plant itself in the ocean… but then there’s what they call a nimshal… that is somewhere at the very end of the parable… where the truth comes out… where he talks about if you just had a little bit of faith… you could move mountains and plant trees in the ocean… but the fact of the matter is you do your duty… and you think I owe you for something… you can do nothing without me… you can’t even have a thought… you can’t have an essence… you don’t have understanding… you don’t even exist… myself included… if he has chosen not to… my brothers and sisters in Christ he’s telling them you better learn to trust me completely and wholeheartedly…  
  4. Now my brothers and sisters in Christ let’s go back in scripture… let’s be honest… all twelve of the boys… the apostles… I affectionately refer to them as the boys… all twelve of the boys… all ended up in a tough spot… when they are in the boat and Peter yells out… Lord if it is you tell me to come… Come… there’s twelve guys in that boat… why is Peter the only one to get out… why don’t the other say I’ll go with you… better yet my brothers in Christ if I had been in the boat I know my nature I would have been convincing Judas this is a good time you need to go this is it… the fact of the matter is Peter does walk on water… and yeah he does get distracted because he’s all of the sudden realizing he’s walking on water… but the Good Lord didn’t carry him out to the boat either… my brothers and sisters in Christ that’s one out of twelve… that’s like eight precent that trust in him… my brothers and sisters in Christ when he’s in the garden of gethsemane he says man can you stay awake just for one hour… he’s 0 for 3 every time he goes back… that’s zero precent… my brothers and sisters in Christ only one Guy shows up at the crucifixion out of twelve… again that’s only about eight or nine precent… my brothers and sisters in Christ when he resurrects from the tomb how many of the apostles show up… none… oh yeah after they found out only two came… that’s only sixteen precent… you know what’s amazing… until they stop trusting just on their abilities… and they start trusting more on God… then all of a sudden they’re batting a thousand if you will… my brothers and sisters in Christ every one of the apostles gave up his life years after Christ has come and gone… say what you want about him… Peter is crucified upside down… he according to tradition… he proclaimed the gospel for three hours… according to tradition his wife Porphyria either died that same day or earlier in the week… his last words to her according to tradition… go with God… my brothers and sisters in Christ Thaddeus who also named Judas… was speared to death… if you go to Matthias… he is beheaded… the one that took the place of Judas… if you were to go to Phillip who we believe was also married… he was crucified on a cross… because he stepped on a demon… a snake and killed it… and the king worshipped snakes so he is crucified… Matthew is beheaded… he’s the most intellectual of the group… as a matter of fact he at least had the choice and he chose to be beheaded… you know what’s amazing Simon is sawed in half… Thomas the one that everybody loved… everybody got along with he was speared to death in India… yet nobody remembers that they just call him the doubter… there was no doubt about him now… James the Greater… the one that came first… the first one to lose his life… he is beheaded… say what you want about John but we actually believe they tried to boil him in oil in Patmos … and when that didn’t kill him they just regulated him there… my brothers in Christ if you’re James the Lesser… you know they actually brought him up to a pinnacle… two hundred feet in the air… told him to deny our savior… and when he wouldn’t they pushed him off… and when that didn’t kill him… they beat him to death… if you are Andrew Peter’s brother… you are the consummate introvert… they put you on a crucifix of an X… and they crucified you because you took care of the governor’s wife… he got furious and prideful… decided to crucify you like your savior… and he is up there for three days… as a matter of fact he’s converting more people and doing more miracles on the cross… the governor wants to take him down… and he remarks to the governor… you put me up here and here I will stay… you know why they use the cross of an X… because dogs have to eat too… it's lower to the ground… my brothers and sisters in Christ Bartholomew is skinned alive… everybody shows up… once they’ve decided to put their trust in God… 
  5. So now here you and I sit two thousand years later… my brothers and sisters in Christ how trustworthy are you and I… let’s see… relative to our family and friends… if somebody came to you and they said look will you make sure and make a phone call for me… you’re going to make it… you’re not going to come up with an excuse… oh I texted him… oh I’ll catch him in the morning… if you told somebody you’re going to go by and pick them up… you’re going to make sure you do it… that way they have no worries on their plate… if they came to you and said man I need to tell you this can you keep a secret… can you… or do you walk off about twenty feet later and say man you’re not going to believe what I heard… if somebody came to you and said man I got to tell you this I just can’t believe it’s true… you say well let’s just pray for them regardless of what it is… if they came to you at work and said man can you stay a little bit later and they trust in you knowing that you’ll do it because that’s what you do… the decimal point has nothing on you… the day you and I decide that the decimal point dictates our life… then you and I are doomed on the road to perdition… because two thousand years later… we tied Judas to three pieces of silver… never tie yourself to the decimal point… my brothers and sisters in Christ here you and I sit... I’m asking you… can the good Lord trust you to follow the teachings of the church… do you know the ten commandments… in order… that’s why he wrote them in order… because you can’t get to heaven until you know them… John said if you know the commandments so be it… but if you say you love God and you do not know the commandments… you are a liar… my brothers and sisters in Christ… will you be trusted to go to confession and put it on the table… and stop buying into the argument that you do not have to go to anyone… there’s only one mediator between God and Man and that’s Jesus Christ… St. Paul to Timothy… what Timothy’s not telling you is it’s the two lines before it Saying pray for one another… pray for me I will pray for you… pray for your alderman… pray for intercessory… pray for Kings… my brothers and sisters in Christ here you and I sit… the question for you and I is can you and I be trusted to follow our faith… when everything else is going south can you be trusted that every weekend when everything is going every which way… you’re out of town doing this… that and the other… you will find a church because that’s what you do… and if it means telling your family I’ll catch you when I get out… well you don’t understand… we got family… we got friends… we got a barbeque… wait father you don’t understand we got travel ball… my kid is going pro… true story I’m sitting with a friend of mine… were talking about it and he’s telling me how good of an Athlete his son is… and I remember thinking in high school… didn’t you sit next to me on the bench… and he said well yeah… I said you and I were the guys that backed up the right fielder… he said yes… I said I’ve seen your wife… so tell me… how is it you’re going pro again… my brothers and sisters in Christ that’s the problem… everything else takes priority… at the end of the day will God trust you enough to tell you that if you do not trust me in the little things… you do not trust me in things that work… how can he and I trust you to make the decision when the time comes… you got to be willing to say now my brothers and sisters in Christ that you are Catholic… you’ve got to be willing to make that sign clearly and distinctly when nobody else will do it… you got to be willing to say the Hail Mary… when nobody else wants to hear it… you got to be willing to tell everybody in the group I don’t want to hear the gossip… can you stop dropping the F-bomb… it’s out of the mouth of Lucifer… my brothers in Christ at what point do you not stand up and say I’m a follower of Christ… Mark twain was right if there’s a fence between heaven and Hell it’s owned by the devil himself… he told you that if you do not acknowledge me in public I will not acknowledge you before my Father… and if we can’t do it on the little things… then we’re not going to do it on the big things… we live in a world where this is vastly going down the road… when people come into your house… would you my brothers in Christ be able to say with your life and your family in peril… I am a believer in Jesus Christ… if the good Lord came to get you in your house and said you must go now… go now… not let me talk to my family… I got to get in touch with my family… I got to make sure my 401K… would you be able to walk away… when Christ went to Peter dropped his nets and his boat… immediately… and walked away… my brothers and sisters in Christ if he doesn’t do that we do not have a vicar of Christ… if you do not make that decision now what’s going to happen when somebody comes to you and says… are you in or are you out… are you a follower of Jesus Christ or are you not… are you a member of the Holy Roman Catholic church or are you not… you’re not going to be able to hedge your bet… my brothers and sisters in Christ I’m telling you… you better make the decisions now because the bigger one’s are coming… and they’re coming sooner then you think… and you’re going to have to walk away trusting in God and his Providence…
  6. My brothers and sisters in Christ I’m telling you listen to me… I do not follow an elephant nor do I follow a donkey… I only trust in the lamb… that has got to be the measure of your resolve… 
  7. Amen

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