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Luke 14:1, 7-14; 9-1-2019 (As Built; Amite #367)
 
A. Humility… Humility…
B. It’s the late 50’s… the 1960’s… His middle name is Patrick… Patrick is born is Mount Vernon, Washington… Patrick is one of five children… He would tell you that his mom is was the… She was the quintessential mom… but she also did a little bit of acting… she did you know a stand in here a bit part here… nothing great but you know look it helped pay the bills… His dad was a chiropractor and he’ll tell you… you know high school there was two things he enjoyed doing… one he was an absolute great basketball player… Scholarships were flowing in like a river… man opportunities were on the abound… and he loved his faith… he loved his Catholic faith… He said when he got out of high school he decided which college to go to… He’s not there the first semester and he is injured… I don’t know if it was an ACL or whatever but man now pro career is all but over… He finishes college… he does all that he needs to do to get out… But he’s kinda down so he goes to his folks and he asks his mom… man I think I may want to do some acting… She said son I can’t open any doors… I mean I only know a few people… man I gotta tell you it’s gonna be humbling… He gets a bit part in the movie MY LITTLE IDAHO… yeah exactly right… and as a result of it man it does whatever and he gets MY RIDE WITH THE DEVIL… that’s right it does every bit as good as the first one…  the he gets on MURDER SHE WROTE… he gets a couple of series… well man he thinks he’s finally getting out and getting some exposure and then the world opens up… And then man he’s back to modeling clothes… he’s back to working taxi cabs… he’s even working tables… He can’t even pay the light bill… And he tells his mom you know thank God that the Churches were left open at night… so that I could go… hence why we leave ours open… so that you can go and just be with Him… He said I had nowhere to go…  and he said my career is over before it got started… Out of nowhere within a month he gets a vote of confidence… The movie A THIN RED LINE… ok I was hoping that would help… but obviously not… as a result he gets the movie A THIN RED LINE… and then he gets another one HIGH CRIMES… and then as a result of getting HIGH CRIMES he wouldn’t do a part in a movie because he thought it would be displeasing to his family... to his faith… well they let him go… well next thing you know man he is trying to make ends meet… he is on a series today… it’s on television it’s a billionaire who’s somewhat of a vigilantly who is using an ex CIA guy POINT OF INTEREST… MAN OF INTEREST… I have no idea I don’t watch the series… I don’t care it’s immaterial…  as a matter of fact brothers and sisters in Christ… if you don’t get the next hit were all in a lot more trouble than I thought… He final gets noticed by of all people Mel Gibson who convinces him to play the Christos in the movie THE PASSION… ahh… you know him as Jim Caviezel… you know him as Jim Caviezel… ok I just want to make sure we understand where we at in this world… My brothers and sisters in Christ… You know what’s amazing… it’s the humility that he speaks of… He comes to the seminary where I’m at in my last year… He walks in and he gives a talk I still remember to this day… This is why I where my clerics… which is the collar… and yes I wear a dress that is true… My brothers and sisters in Christ… I wear the cassock because it’s a great sign of Holy Mother Church… And he says I’m gonna tell you this you priest… Your gonna get out and your gonna start wearing golf shirts… and your not gonna wear your collar… and he says… and let me tell you… I know how humbling it is to wear that… because I see what you go through when you walk through airports with you… I see the looks that you get the words…. Brothers and sisters in Christ… you can’t even begin to understand what I hear when I walk through an airport… You are judged and condemned you ain’t even got to the luggage counter… My brothers and sisters in Christ… they come out of the wood work to let you know what they think of the priesthood… He said let me tell you how important it is for you to wear your clerics… he said I’m on a bus… I got the gun in my pocket I’m going to kill myself I’m gonna to take my own life… I yell out to God if You have any feelings for me or You really there You will send somebody on to help me… The next stop nobody gets one he says I’m getting off at the next one… I get up to get off at the next one and a priest walks on with his collar and sits right next to me… He says if he’s not wearing his clerics I’m not here to have this story and I do not do THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST… My brothers and sisters in Christ… that is the point of that Gospel…  It’s all about humility…
C. My brothers and sisters in Christ… what does the good Lord say… if you exalt yourself I will humble you… But if I exalt you you’ll reach the heavens… Now stop… You’re a 1st century Jew… You and I get invited to this little get together…  It’s on the Sabbath it’s a Saturday… the room is packed… people have come this is a big deal… this is the Sabbath… Obviously there’s no LSU game because it’s packed at the rate it’s going now… My brothers and sisters in Christ… When He walks in this is one of the few times that Christ has ever given a parable to the people in the same room…   He’s not talking about the guy in the ditch… I’m not talking about the unjust steward… I’m not talking about this guy in the kingdom… the guy sowing things out in the field… He’s telling them two parables… and remember every parable has a twist… and the parable to the group is… here you are thinking you’ve got honor and prestige and as soon as someone comes that a little bit better than you He’s actually gonna bump you down… but He’s still gonna expect you to contribute… He’s saying that’s why you need to take the lowest spot… My brothers and sisters in Christ… don’t you see they are watching Him carefully… They want to see where did He go sit… What spot did He take… He took the lowest spot… Brothers and sisters in Christ… everybody was sitting up above Him… He said if you exalt yourself than I will humble you… My brothers and sisters in Christ… He’s now talking to the owner… the homeowner… and He’s saying why did you pick these people… Is it because of what they can do for you… surely if you did it for God you would have brought the blind and the lame you would have brought everybody… but you expect payment back… My brothers and sisters in Christ… that’s the essence… it’s all about humility… The good Lord is saying at the end of the day all things begin and end with Me… You had no say so whether you were tall or short… black or white… born in this country or another… male or female… but yet we have the unmitigated gall to believe that you and I have man made natural gifts… NO SUCH THING… all gifts come from God… 
D. My brothers and sisters in Christ… go back in Scripture… Think about what I’m telling you… all the great players in Scripture they fall in two camps… you are either extremely humble or you can’t even spell the word… My brothers and sisters in Christ… Adam and Eve in the garden… all they had to do was not eat of the tree… that’s it… You and I wouldn’t be here… we would all be in the garden of paradise… the garden of Eden… Man pure pride… Lust of the eyes… I see the tree I want it… Lust of the flesh… it’ll taste good… it’ll make me wise like God… Man there goes humility… And now here we sit in the world… Man think about Peter… the first time he meets our Lord he’s in a boat… He’s on the Sea of Galilee… Lake Gennesaret… He’s born his whole life on this river… on this lake if you will… As a result of it… the good Lord shows up between 12 midnight and 3am… Let’s go fishing… You can understand what Peter is upset about… I’ve been out there all night Lord… I’m a fisherman with all do respect You’re a carpenter… As a result of such he says man Lord… He says throw your nets out… You know how Peter threw his nets out… Oh we gotta a little attitude here… Oh You want Your nets out!!! Great!!!... We gonna catch boatloads Lord!!!... he catches so many fish he drops in the middle of the boat and says depart from me Lord for I am a sinful man… They say that when Peter died the creases in his cheeks from the year 33… he dies in 66…   He still had the creases from where the tears came where he denied our Savior… That is humility… You want to know humility… St. Joseph… That is the picture of humility… You think about what he’s done… Brothers and sisters in Christ… When he decides to walk away from Mary and her Son… because she’s with child… don’t you understand what he just did… So that no shadow falls on her and she’s seen as done something improper… he’s gonna walk away to be seen as a deadbeat dad… Now all the shadow is on him… that’s humility… because he didn’t want to disparage her… My brothers and sisters in Christ… John the Baptist… how many times did people tell the Baptist… Are you Him?... NO… Are you the Messiah?... I am not… You gotta be the Christos?... I am NOT… He must increase and I must decrease… I am nothing more than a reed blowing in the wind… My brothers and sisters in Christ… that is humility… 
E. Well now here you and I sit 2000 years later… let me ask you… I’m gonna run you through ten questions… and I need you to answer them… to yourself… YES OR NO… not partially not most of the time I don’t care if you’re a good baseball player…  all in or all out… if your not then we gotta work on our humility… let us begin… My brothers and sisters in Christ… Are you humble enough that you don’t have to win every argument?… Are you humble enough not to have the last word?… Are you humble enough not to shrink your vocabulary to four letter words?… when it’s not going your way… Not to make any excuses when it doesn’t bounce your way?... Oh you don’t understand it was this it was that… Just take your hit and keep moving… Are you humble enough?... My brothers and sisters in Christ… Are you humble enough not to offer your opinion when everybody else is offering theres?... Are you humble enough to simple walk away?... Are you humble enough not to get caught up in the gossip? And slander?... which is destroying our world as we speak… We get so caught up in passing gossip or slander that we can’t wait to pass it along…  My brothers and sisters in Christ… that is a MORTAL SIN… I don’t care how you count it… My brothers and sisters in Christ when you or I go public with an opinion… we hit that send button on our phone… were so mad someone sent us a text message we type it out and hit send hoping it knocks them out on the other end when they read it… We get on Facebook and we pass it along… true or not is immaterial… the minute you hit send… congratulations… we can not receive Communion… We have broken the 8th Commandment… we will bare false witness… You are a true witness to Jesus Christ… You love of neighbor… Then you will make no opinion… Are you humble enough to walk away from it?... My brothers and sisters in Christ… Are you humble enough to admit your mistakes?... Are you humble enough to let someone else get the credit?... Are you humble enough brothers and sisters in Christ when somebody drives by you and gets you infuriated because of the way their driving?... that you absolutely say nothing to it… Are you humble enough brothers and sisters in Christ to have more crucifixes in your house than televisions?... Are you humble enough to make the sign of the cross when nobody else will?... Are you humble enough to say the prayer to the Blessed Mother when you know you’re the only one that will know that prayer?... Are you humble enough to respond when they say are you Christian and you say absolutely I’m Catholic?... and stop apologizing for it… My brothers and sisters in Christ… I’m telling y’all Abraham Lincoln was right… I’ve been driven to my knees for I have nowhere else to go… The fact of the matter is it’s all about humility… My brothers and sisters in Christ… listen to me… All gifts are supernatural… nothing has been given to us that didn’t come from Him… and as a result we owe Him… to be obligated to know that all things come from Him… So when somebody says well done… you say well thank you good Lord… You did a great job at the work… man give the credit to the good Lord… Your homily rang true to me Lord… then give it to My Mother… 
F. My brothers and sisters in Christ… I leave you with you words of John Wooden… He said if you have been blessed with great talent… thank God… If you have been given praise and glory from people… be grateful… Conceit comes from within… be careful… Humility is the essence of life… My brothers and sisters in Christ… and I leave you with the story of Frank Wells… You don’t know Frank Wells… Him and Mr. Eisner were the head two at Disney after Roy Disney died… They’re competing for the same job… Eisner walks into Frank Wells office and says Frank I guess it’s between you and I… We’ve been friends for life… we have been through Disney through ups and downs… I guess they are gonna pick one of us… Me or you… I hope it doesn’t change our friendship… He said it can’t… He said how can that not be?… He said because I’m not running for it… I can be number two… He dies about five years later… and in his wallet is a quote… Humility is the essence of life… don’t forget…
G. Amen… 
 

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