Thanks, Sanford Whiteman. I was able to get it to work great. You can ignore my response on your forum. If the user has cookies disabled on that site, responses don't play nice because you have to login.
#if( $context.contains("TriggerObject") )
#set( $focusedObject = $TriggerObject )
#elseif( $context.contains("CustomObject_cList") )
#set( $focusedObject = $sorter.sort($CustomObject_cList,"updatedAt:desc") )