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Matthew 2:1-12; 1-6-2019 (As Built; Amite #335)

 

  1. Close… Close… In other words getting closer… Making one more stop… Going extra mile…
  2. If there was ever a couple that were meant to be together… Ruben and Rose… I’m telling yall they were like teeth in a gear… You want to pick soulmates… Their the poster child for it… Now… I’ll tell you one thing about Rose and Ruben… They are more or less they’re both Polish… They’re both Jewish… He came from Poland… That’s how he gets to New York… She comes from Belfast… That’s how she gets to New York… They meet in high school and they will tell you verbatim… They knew immediately this was their soulmate… As a matter fact… If we were to ask Rose and Ruben to fill out the sentence… If it hadn’t been for ________ I would not be where I am today… Ruben would’ve filled in Rose and Rose would’ve filled in Ruben… Man they just… it clicked… But back in this day money’s tight… Work is even in shorter demand… They latched on with their uncle… Their uncle he makes frozen lemon ice… Popsicles… And as a result of it… They start working with him… Things are going OK… But I mean there’s only so much margin in a popsicle… So as a result… Ruben and Rose come up with that idea to attach chocolate to ice cream… ice cream sandwiches… Man all of a sudden the business almost doubles and man they said man we got to go one step further… We have too much air almost 75% to 80% of ice cream has air in it… we need to get it lower… No uncle said that’s close enough… And they’re saying no we got to take the next step… We really need to do this… He said I’m not interested… Rose and Ruben go out on their own… They actually get the percentage of air in their ice cream to 20%… It’s unheard of… To a great extent even today… They started out with of course vanilla and chocolate… Came up with a taste like coffee… And eventually came up with strawberry… They said they wanted all natural ingredients nothing off the shelf… Man brothers and sisters in Christ man it started growing… And he told his wife we need to make it more high-end… we need a little bit more money for our product… He said why don’t we redo the carton… And what we’ll do on it we’ll get you to dress really nice on it so it looks even more high end… And then we’re going to put the country of Denmark on it… And we’re going to put the country of Denmark on it… Man I’m gonna die miserable death on the day of the Holy Family… My brothers and sisters in Christ… At the end of the day he puts the city of Denmark on there because they were kind to the Jews and they were kind to them… And at the end of the day they used to call their ice cream “frozen sin”… You and I call it Häagen Dazs… Please tell me my brothers and sisters in Christ you have some idea of where I’m going with this… Man because they take that extra step…
  3. Brothers and sisters in Christ as the gospel… because they decided to take that extra step… Remember their traveling over 1000 miles… This is over a year to get there… Think about what they’ve done brothers and sisters in Christ… They have left everything… To find the newborn King… Now you’re a first century Jew… Please let’s make sure we understand the setting… everyone… Everyone knows Herod… How can you not… The man’s diabolical… They call him the king of the Jews… This is why he’s perturbed… When the wisemen come in and say where is the newborn King… Where is the newborn king of the Jews… Man all the sudden it’s a threat… Now remember who Herod who is… He’s killed his favorite wife… He’s killed some of his other wives… He’s killed a couple of his sons… He’s so diabolical… That he told the lead centurion that on the day of my death you are to kill my entire council that’s like 12… So that people would weep at my funeral… This is how diabolical he is… So when they go to meet him you can understand why they’re a little concerned… My brothers and sisters in Christ… It’s no miracle that the star wasn’t for him to see you… Or the whole city of Jerusalem didn’t know it either… Can you imagine what waits for the newborn King… Man brothers and sisters in Christ… Even the city of Jerusalem was blinded from the star… The reason why Herod kills everybody two years and younger… Because man roughly it took them a year to year and a half to get their… Now remember brothers and sisters in Christ… did you listen… They came to the house… In other words… they don’t show up in the stable… Because it takes them that long to get their… And for what it’s worth… The reason the church puts them on the scene right here… When else are we supposed to put them out there… I mean we got Christmas… we got New Year’s… we’re already moving in… My brothers and sisters in Christ… And I need you to understand who they are… The oldest one would be Melchior… He’s the one that brings the myrrh… The one in the very back is Gaspar… He brings gold… And then this would be Balthazar… Who would be bringing the incense… now Melchior will die shortly after arrival… And remember why they’re bringing the three gifts… Gold because He is truly a king of the world… Frankincense because He’s a divine king… Book of Revelations… That’s why we use incense as incense rises… And then… Brothers and sisters in Christ… Myrrh… Only royalty would be buried with Myrrh… Imagine… at your child’s birthday somebody shows up with myrrh… And brothers and sisters in Christ did you notice what they did when they got there… They laid prostrate…
  4. Everybody in scripture who understands Christ to be Who He is laid prostrate… They either knelt… bowed or laid face down… This is why you and I kneel during the consecration… This is why if you can to a certain extent I ask you to kneel to receive Him… Because we believe it to be what it is the Body and Blood soul and divinity of our Savior… My brothers and sisters in Christ… that’s the setting for the Wiseman… Imagine… Go back in scripture… All the people who wanted to get closer to Christ… It does come at a price… But the reward is even greater… Longinus is the one who stabs our Savior… And when he stabs Him truly eventually he says truly this Man was the Son of God… In other words I no longer want to be employed by Rome… I don’t need the profit sharing plan… I don’t need the retirement plan… I’d rather just be close to Him at the expense of my career… Joseph of Arimathea… I’d rather give up my tomb to a dead Messiah… At least have Him close to me albeit if He’s dead… Then have a tomb for me… Can you imagine if your Mary Magdalene… You’d rather be next to a dead Messiah regardless of how much stuff you have to go through to get through the soldiers… The fact that there’s a rock in your way that you can’t move… The fact that of the matter is there’s no one else getting up on Easter Sunday… My brothers and sisters in Christ you know it’s amazing… All of their names or in the book of life… And here’s the irony… everybody who judged Christ… Herod the Great… Herod Antipas… Who was with Pilate and judged Him at the crucifixion… And Pilate himself… And Judas… All took their own lives… In other words they refuse to take that extra step…
  5. Well now you here are you and I sit 2000 years later… How willing are you to take that extra step remember… You’re either walking towards Him or you’re walking away from Him… You are never neutral in anything that you do… You write an email… Respond to a text message… You have a conversation… You driving down to work… You’re going to a contract… You’re talking about the problem in your family… Whatever it is… Every time you open your mouth every time you act… You either walking towards Him or you’re walking away from Him… You are never a neutral… Brothers and sisters in Christ ask yourself… Man before you write that email that text message you pick up the phone… Before you get somebody to look… When you get into a conversation…think… About what you are about to do… Will it bring you closer to Christ… or will it force you to walk backwards… Brothers and sisters in Christ in your sacramental lives… Are you gonna go to more Masses this year than last year… If your answer is I’m gonna try to do the same… Well then you’re backing up… Because you’re never neutral to Him… You’re just plotting the course… you’re just checking to block… Are you going to go to more confessions this year than you did last year… Are you gonna try to go at least once a month… Will you try to go to anointing’s after Mass… So you can prepare for the future… Brothers and sisters in Christ… It really boils down to this… The good Lord said you are never neutral to me… If you are lukewarm I will spit you out of My mouth… There is no fence between heaven and hell… If there was one it would be owned by the devil… So at the end of the day you got to ask yourself… Will I go to more Masses… Will I go to Adoration… Even if it is just for a few minutes once a month… Even if you share the time with someone else… Will you go to confession… Even though you feel like you’ve done nothing wrong… Will you go so you can receive the grace… So that you can take one step closer… Don’t you see you… Everything you and I do in this world is under the auspices of that one big test… Of which you and I will be judged… So you must ask yourself before you speak before you act before you read before you write before you text before you judge… Ask yourself… Will it bring me closer to Him… Or away from Him… I’ve already gone to Mass this week maybe I should go just one more time… Do anything twice as much and see how much better… Look this isn’t a New Year’s deal… where I plan on going to the gym more times… This is about your soul… This is about life eternal…
  6. My brothers and sisters in Christ to leave you with this… You are never neutral in His eyes… Ever… You’re either walking towards Him or you have totally dismissed Him…
  7. Amen

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