The Church of Saint Agnes

1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

The Church of Saint Agnes
1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

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12th Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Sat, 06/27/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

The ministry of Jesus Christ is a ministry of transformation.
He reveals to us that it is God’s will to transform this world into His Kingdom.
It is the will of God to transform every human heart.
From the beginning human beings were created for transformation.
Even Adam and Eve, if they would not have sinned,
would have eventually undergone the transformation from
what is temporal to what is eternal.
 
Transformation involves and includes
a thorough and dramatic change in form or appearance or substance.
The catalyst of our transformation is grace.
When grace is added to our human experience, our human existence
the possibility of transformation arises.
From sin to salvation,  from slavery to liberation, from old to new,
from self-centeredness to other centeredness,
from short-sightedness to clarity of vision,
from sickness to health,
from brokenness to wholeness,
from the absence of faith to the presence of faith,
from “wrong” relationships (exploitative, manipulative, artificial)
to right relationships (loving, authentic, caring)
The most important transformation being from death to life.
 
Jesus came to save us from sin, not save us from the world.
Jesus came to transform the world.
To embrace the work of Jesus is to participate and cooperate with this transformation.
So, the ongoing transformation of the soul, the spirit, the mind, the heart
is intimately linked to the transformation of societal structures, governments, corporations.
Structures that impoverish, oppress and marginalize people
by the presence and power of grace
can become structures that enrich, liberate, and include.
 
It is easy to become cynical and disenchanted both with ourselves
and with the world around us.
We stop believing that transformation is possible…and so we stop trying, stop looking.
We need to be reminded, taken to task, encouraged, given a nudge…maybe even a kick.
Transformation is more than a possibility;  it is a requirement of the spiritual life.
 
We are promised a future with God and in God.
From here to there, from now till then, requires transformation by grace.
Pondering the words and actions of Jesus can and does cause profound transformation within us.
Receiving the Eucharist can and does cause profound transformation within us.
 
Transformation is often a painful, uncomfortable experience.
Let us stay the course and embrace the process always believing….
what and who we can become in Jesus Christ is always a gain and never a loss.