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John 2:1-11; 1-20-2019 (As Built; Amite #337)
 
A. Kindness… kindness… As a good deed… A good act… Pure prudence… pure kindness… 
B. It’s the 1960s… His name is Howard… Howard is everywhere… He’s been everywhere… It’s just the nature of being kinda like a NAVY brat or an ARMY brat… His mom is an actress… Howard’s dad was in the NAVY… And as such… They’re all over the map… I think he said he went to grammar school in Maryland… Went to high school in St. Louis… I think he went to college in Illinois… And then when he gets out… I mean in that timeframe it’s all about the country… So he goes to the ARMY… When you figure out who he is you’re going to say man this guy… He must’ve been on Pork Chop Hill… He must’ve been one of the Frozen Chosen… He was probably at Normandy… You know what he’ll tell you he was lucky he got through basic training without taking his foot off… He said man I did the best I could… he goes… And then he comes back… And man… he’s looking for work… He drove a taxi… He worked on tables… He even worked at the post office… So he gets two roommates who were so kind to him… You know them… Gene Hackman… Dustin Hoffman… And when you figure out this guy you’re going to say man can you imagine those three as roommates… Their kindness was unparalleled… But if you asked Howard he would tell you as kind as Hoffman and Hackman were… The gentleman by the name of Mr. Foot is the one that really made the day… He said I can’t even hold down a job it’s not enough money between the three of us… He gets him a bit part in an Agatha Christie movie… And it actually does pretty well… And then it opens up… now remember this is in the 60s… And 70s… He gets on a show called the MOD SQUAD… It doesn’t matter we already crashing… Then he’s on another one called the UNTOUCHABLES… And then he’s on another ROUTE 66… And as a result of it… people start to notice him… Not great part… But they’re noticing him… Man he gets a part in the GODFATHER SERIES thanks to Mr. Foot… Brothers and sisters in Christ… He was legal counsel … He was legal counsel… And a matter of fact brothers and sisters in Christ he has one of the top 10 all time movie lines… Of all time… He said MAN THERE’S NOTHING LIKE THE SMELL OF NAPALM IN THE MORNING… Oh man I’m out there… Man brothers and sisters in Christ and then next thing you know he’s in THE GREAT SANTINI… But then… all of a sudden… everybody wants him in their show… Matter fact brothers and sisters in Christ he gets an OPEN RANGE… LONESOME DOVE… SECOND HAND LIONS… And his real name is Howard… Howard Duvall … Robert Duval… All because of the kindness of a few people in particular Mr. Foot… 
C. That is the gospel my brothers and sisters in Christ… It’s the kindness… You know what’s amazing my brothers and sisters in Christ… This is the last conversation in scripture His first miracle… That the Blessed Mother will speak… She comes to Him and says they’re out of wine… He says woman how does this concern affect you and I… My brothers and sisters in Christ He says My hour has not come… Her last words in scripture… DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU… Now my brothers and sisters in Christ… You and I are 1st Century Jews… let’s make sure you and I… we get invited to the wedding… When you and I travel some of us would have sandals… some of us couldn’t afford it… When you get their they are called ceremonial washing jars those are the ones that He used… You and I would go to the door… we’d wash our hands and feet so that we would wouldn’t track the mud of the journey into the house… If they don’t have that you and I need to walk to the river wash her hands and feet and probably track all the mud all the way back into the house… This is what makes the miracle so profound… Remember this… Whenever the good Lord does a miracle it’s rare that it’s just one miracle in it of it’s self… there’s always an a bonus… A two for one… The person that can’t hear… all of a sudden he can hear and he knows the language… Brothers and sisters in Christ that’s two miracles… And you know what’s amazing… Six… Six ceremonial washing jars… 30 gallons… Per jar… That’s 180… That’s a Catholic wedding my brothers and sisters in Christ… I’m a tell you right now… No if ands or buts about it the first wedding was Catholic… They lasted seven days… He uses the handwashing jars… No one does that… He doesn’t even touch the jars… He makes them fill it to the brim so that no one can say He took some out or He added some… Then He tells them you take it to them… Brothers and sisters in Christ this is miraculous… Let me tell you how so miraculous… 2000 years later we don’t even know the name of the couple that got married… It’s so important that Christ is there… We don’t even know the name of the couple… This is why the Church says that you must get married in the Church… Physically in front of Him… Not on the beach… Not in an antebellum home… He’s physically present in He’s Church… That’s the point He’s making… 
D. Now we’re brothers and sisters in Christ… I want you to go back in scripture… Kindness comes from the greatest of all players… Job… You know the story of Job right … This is the guy he has breakfast… he hasn’t even had lunch yet… Just when he thinks the world is good… Somebody goes up and says man the Syrians have taken all your cattle… He ain’t even finished proclaiming it and someone comes and says they took all your sheep… They destroyed all your camels… And I know what his thought was right… Thank God my family safe… He didn’t even get those words out of his mouth and someone says you lost all seven of your sons at all three of your daughters… You know the only word out of that man’s mouth… is naked came I into the world and naked will I return… You know what’s amazing… There were three guys with him… Bildad… Eliphaz… And I can’t think of the other guys name… They are begging him begging him to curse God… And when he won’t curse God all he will say is naked I came into the world and naked I will return… You know what’s amazing… this is how kind this man is… All he cares about is his relationship with Christ to God if you will… That when they finally realize that he’s now been blessed and Joe is recouping the benefits of being trustworthy… You know what’s amazing… Those three men pray directly to God and you know God tells them… oh no… You don’t pray to Me directly you need to get Job to pray… And he prays for them… Know that is kindness… My brothers and sisters in Christ… Think about it… Moses’ is in the desert for 40 years… He has a sister named Miriam… They’ve been in the desert you even hear the argument today… Moses I can do everything you can do… I can do this I can do this… So why can’t I be the priest… He said because you weren’t called… Do not… Do not play that card… When the good Lord descends in the temple… Sure enough they get in the temple and the glory cloud comes down… And there is Moses and there is Aaron and there is Miriam … and guess what… She plays the card… Well I can do everything Moses can do… She immediately becomes a leper… for seven days Moses pleads and begs because of his kindness to free his sister of that disease… It holds true… She’s freed… If there is someone more kind than Saint Joseph I don’t know who it could be… Giving up his whole life to be a protector and a provider… Man this guy is the guy… Pure kindness… 
E. My brothers and sisters in Christ… Well here you and I sit 2000 years later… How kind are you and I… When you’re driving down the road and someone cuts you off or they’re coming to slow or they tell you you’re number one… Man… Just because someone threw garbage at your feet… Nobody told you to pick it up… You know what’s amazing brothers and sisters in Christ… There’s a buddy of mine who was in New York City… He’s in a cab with a guy and the cab guy is over… The cab guy back in the day had a couple of newspapers in the back… had a thermos of coffee… Trying to make his little world better… There driving through New York City and he said man they cut in front of somebody and this guy goes ballistic… On the guy driving the cab… Literally screaming at the top of his lungs yelling and cursing down one side up and the other he said he never moved a muscle… Didn’t think nothing of it… He just kept driving… So he asked him he said man… why didn’t you stop and give that guy the business… He said man just because someone throws garbage at my feet I don’t have to pick it up… My brothers and sisters in Christ when the good Lord said I want you to turn your right cheek… Do you understand what He’s saying… You and I are facing one another right now… for me to hit you on the right side of your cheek I need to backhand you which means to be ugly or condescending or judge or gossip about you… Brothers and sisters in Christ what the good Lord is saying is you need to turn the other cheek… Why would you want to sin in your life… Why would you now want to pay for it twice… you know what happens when you get into an argument… You know what happens when you get that email or text message… You know what happens when someone cuts you off or man things get sucked that sideways… That sin creeps in to the next conversation and then the next one and then the next one… And then we got 1000 bridges we just burned… Imagine if you just walked away… Imagine if you just gave him your other cheek… Did the good Lord not tell you… do not tax collectors do the same… What good is it to love someone who loves you… Man brothers and sisters in Christ… Imagine it’s a beautiful day you’re on the Gulf… You’re on Florida… There’s not a person on the beach to be found… You’ve got your big umbrella… The sun is setting… It’s 5 o’clock somewhere… (Why do y’all know that brothers and sisters in Christ out of curiosity)… man all the sudden you’re sitting there and then all the sudden the waves are coming in and it’s just a beautiful day… You got you a big glass of holy water and you’re enjoying the day… And then all the sudden man someone mentions one name… You’d like to take that on umbrella wrap it around their neck and throw it into the Gulf… My brothers and sisters in Christ… Therein lies the point… When you and I do not learn to turn the other cheek or to be kind what we’ll find out is we get enbroiled in more sin… Pray for those that won’t pray for you… You want to distance yourself from them… You want to feel sorry for them… When you get tired of being tired… And you will… Pretty soon you’re going to get to a point where you gonna pray for them… As hard as it is you’re going to say man pray for them… Because they’re lost… Stop talking about people… Gossiping and slandering and writing and texting… Imagine if we all just started praying for one another… 
F. My brothers and sisters in Christ it’s imperative that we show them kindness… and I leave you with this… Mark Twain was spot on… He said KINDNESS IS THE LANGUAGE THAT THE BLIND CAN READ AND THE DEAF CAN HEAR… Kindness… 
G. Amen…
 

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