The Church of Saint Agnes

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12th Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Fri, 06/26/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

I was in New Orleans last week…spent some vacation time on the Gulf coast.
There is little to be seen that indicates a devastating hurricane came through the area.
There is a slab of concrete here and there where a house once sat.
Some people gave up on the area, moved somewhere else, another city, another state.
But many people stayed.  Structures were rebuilt.  Safety was restored.
Hope in the future was renewed with additional protection against future hurricanes.
 
We journey through life in a human vessel;
one that is fragile, imperfect, susceptible to sin.
As a matter of course, this vessel is always in need of repair, in need of maintenance, 
in need of protection, in need of sustenance both physical and spiritual.
We experience forces along the way that devastate us, destroy our sense of comfort and security,
erode our belief in goodness, justice and love,
sometimes just because we are in the wrong place at the wrong time:
a distracted driver, a shark close to the beach, a stray bullet,
an earthquake, some defective consumer product.
 
Leprosy was such a force during the time of Jesus.
No one knew where it came from or why it struck.  No one was immune:  rich/poor/good/ bad.
But once it made itself known with pustules and blotches on the skin
the victim was ostracized, cast out of the community, denied social contact
for the rest of his or her life.
By some miracle leprosy could be healed,
but this had to be verified officially by the priests of the temple.
 
Jesus Christ, the Messiah, shows compassion and love
by reaching out to the unclean, the condemned, the outcast.  He chooses to answer a cry for help.
With divine power he cleanses the leper, frees him from a life of misery.
This was the beginning of a new life for this person, a rebirth.
It would take time to renew and rebuild relationships,
to reestablish and restore his place within the community.
New hope is established with regards to the future;
life could be and would be better, something to look forward to.
 
We approach the Lord….bend the knee and bow down before our Savior.
We recognize our need for the help only he can give.
One of the greatest things we can ask for is freedom, freedom from the slavery of sin.
We do so trusting in his power, goodness and mercy….
believing that through Jesus, God has come to save his people, to save us.
We bring our afflictions, our troubled conscience,
our defeated, disheartened, beaten down spirit
believing that the reality in which we live can be transformed
by the power of God and by the power of faith.
 
“Renew our hope in the future, O Lord.  Fill us with a desire to rebuild that inner tabernacle,
that sacred place in our heart where Christ resides, dwells and remains enthroned.  Amen!”