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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13th Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Mon, 06/27/2016
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

It seems today, people are drawn to and impressed by spectacle,
by the spectacular….the events, happenings, occurrences that stand out
as unusual, peculiar, weird, eccentric, cutting edge.
Such matters hold the public’s attention for only a moment,
and then they fade into yesterday’s news once the novelty wears off.
 
It would seem, at least within the mainstream of society,
that the Christian life, as it was perceived and experienced in its beginnings,
has lost its dazzle, its novelty, its impressive counter-cultural stance,
its power to capture and hold the attention of a growing number of people.
The Christian life has become normalized, ordinary, and dare I say insignificant.
 
Today we are reminded:  the demands of the Gospel of Jesus Christ are radical…
to the degree of causing personal upheaval
and causing disturbance to the status quo.
Within our own experience of discipleship
when was the last time we responded to God with “you want me to do what?
Are you kidding me!”
 
Our discipleship can become conditional:  “I will follow you Lord…
when it is convenient for me, if I can find some extra time in my schedule,
when things finally settle down and I can give you my full attention.”
Time is an essential element of concern….and understandably so.
Discipleship requires and demands time:
interior discipline, a spirit of self-sacrifice and self-offering,
the acceptance of dedicated and focused work, unconditional self-giving.
Cooperating with the molding acting of the Holy Spirit
requires prayer, meditation on the Word of God,
and a growing sensitivity to human woundedness, especially our own.
 
True pastoral charity, true loving concern for our brothers and sisters,
will only be carried out if we take the time to discern and come to understand
the real situations faced by people in today’s world
and then be pro-active with suitable and useful and relevant responses
that bear witness to the feelings and attitudes, to the radical nature
of the reality of the love of Jesus Christ.
 
When it comes to living our faith today’s catchphrase is “let’s get radical!”
 
“O Lord, pour out your Spirit upon us.  Renew and intensify our “yes” to Your Son’s call to follow him without reservation.  Amen!”