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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14th Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Mon, 07/06/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

4th of July celebrations have all but come to an end.
There are still a few sales events….if you want to buy a car or a refrigerator.
Some places are practically giving fireworks away.
We should never stop, however, pondering and appreciating
our liberty, freedom, prosperity, and civic responsibilities and duties.
 
Liberty is the quality or state of being free.
In its purest sense, liberty is the power to do as one pleases
as there is freedom from physical restraint.
But social reality dictates that there must be boundaries.
With liberty comes the power of choice
but I just can’t take what I want, especially if it belongs to someone else.
If internal restraint does not preserve the peace, then external restraint is required.
Liberty is freedom from arbitrary and despotic control,
freedom from the tyranny of caprice, from the whims of those in power.
(This includes political power, physical power, financial & economic power, intellectual power,
spiritual power, emotional power, and even sexual power.)
Liberty allows the for the enjoyment
of various social, political, or economic rights and privileges.
 
Liberty is a blessing too often taken for granted.
It’s not until we lose our liberty, not until we encounter imposed restrictions,
that we complain or rebel or protest.
 
From early on God was concerned about the liberty of His people.
They cried out from their slavery to the Egyptians.
By way of Moses and the 10 plagues, God set his people free.
As Savior, Jesus liberates individuals from their sickness, disease,
from their rejection by the community.
In the gospel this morning Jesus liberates a child from the clutches of death.
He also liberates humanity from evil, and sin, and the fear of eternal darkness.
 
It’s one thing to have evil and sin and fear imposed and/or forced upon us.
It’s another thing to choose the very things from which God has liberated us.
 
Herein lies a paradox of spiritual liberty.
We are set free and yet we cannot protect ourselves from what actually imprisons us.
As human beings we cannot save ourselves from evil and sin.  Only God can.
This requires that we enter into and maintain a relationship with God.
Since God is the greater power we must pledge loyalty to Him.
We must sacrifice our liberty in obedience to his commands, his precepts, his rules.
And in turn he promises to provide, protect, save us from imprisonment.
And at death, He promises us eternal peace in his presence, in His Kingdom.
The agreement we enter into is called a covenant: I will be your God and you shall be my people.
And since we are brothers and sisters in the Lord, liberty is not liberty until everyone is free.
 
“Help us, O God, to place our trust in You.”