The Church of Saint Agnes

1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

The Church of Saint Agnes
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13th Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Thu, 07/02/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Before I die, as I feel myself getting close to the end,
I’m going to buy some commercial time on television and radio.
I’m going to record a message, have it air during prime time, maybe even during the Super Bowl.
This is the message:  “My life has not been perfect.
I have violated God’s commands, God’s will, in thought word and deed.
In response, I have bowed down to God, expressed remorse, and asked to be forgiven.
I believe, that in His love and mercy, God has forgiven me.
 
In my imperfection, I have also sinned against many people.
In thought, word, and deed I have failed to live up to some of my promises.
I have defaulted on some of my obligations.
I have cursed some of you for upsetting me while I was driving.
I have belittled some of you for not living up to my expectations.
I have held some of you in contempt because of your own faults and shortcomings.
I have dehumanized some of you by reducing you to objects.
At times, I chose not to come to your help because of my selfishness,
or my fear, or my laziness….
or I have ignored you and avoided you in retaliation for something you did against me.
For some of you, I have appointed myself judge and jury; I have imprisoned you
according to my likes and dislikes, according to my world view.
I am guilty of using some of you for my own gain: manipulating you,
exploiting your sensitivities, your fears, your feelings, in order to get something I wanted.
I am also guilty of drawing some of you into my sin….
maybe caused you to rebel against God or the church,  purposefully led you into error.
This list could go on….but enough.
 
I am sorry.  I have sinned against you, and I am sorry.
If I was a man of courage, I would seek each of you out individually
and take responsibility for my offenses against you, do what I could to set things right.
I am ashamed of the sins I have visited upon you.
My soul weeps knowing that I have somehow wounded your humanity.
In humility and with remorse, I ask for your forgiveness.
 
I pray for your healing and ask God to lift you up in His love.
It is my hope that God’s grace will set you free from all your burdens,
that you will be reborn in His son Jesus Christ, that you will be blessed with new life,
and that you will know peace and joy….in this world and in the next.”
 
I would air this message because our sin needs forgiveness—
Jesus says “your sins are forgiven.”  Through these words we are reconciled with God.
But we still need to be reconciled with our neighbor, forgiven by our neighbor.
For some reason we hesitate to submit ourselves to God’s mercy.
I believe it is much more difficult to submit ourselves to our neighbor’s mercy.
 
Forgiveness brings healing and freedom.  Let us show mercy to our neighbor
and pray that our neighbor will have mercy on us.