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: 
Fri, 07/10/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

We all know about sheep and wolves.
Sheep are domesticated farm animals raised for their wool and meat.
Wolves are wild carnivores near the top of the food chain.
For them, sheep are easy prey.  Sheep cannot protect themselves.
They rely on the shepherd to keep them safe.
 
Jesus is commissioning his disciples to continue his work, his mission.
He warns them ahead of time: it will not be easy.
Be like sheep—follow the shepherd; and don’t be like sheep—don’t be helpless or clueless.
Some people will accept the message.  Others will be indifferent and continue on their way.
And still others will be vicious in their response.
They will attack you and try to destroy you.
They will use every means at their disposal to discredit you.
They will seek you out not because they want to believe but because they want to crush you.
 
Beware!  Maintain your innocence.
Debate and dialogue but don’t argue and/or attack.
Do not succumb to the temptation to promote the cause
by using force or deception or dishonesty or manipulation or domination.
 
Maintain your innocence but do not be gullible or naïve.
Be hospitable and accepting but test and discern all spirits.
Be simple but not simple-minded.
Be versed in worldly wisdom and be informed and sound in your judgments.
Be cautious but not overly suspicious.
Be sincere but avoid being conceited and self-important.
Be perceptive and resourceful
but do not take advantage of another’s weakness or ignorance.
Don’t cause harm.  Remain blameless. Know when to speak.  And know when to remain silent.
 
Be full of grace.  Always bear witness to the truth.
Glorify the Father in heaven with all that you do and say.
If you have to suffer, suffer for righteousness sake.
Remember:  a faithful and trustworthy disciple is prepared for the future.
 
I am of the belief that the Spirit guides and inspires.
But we must give the Spirit something to work with.
All that we think about, read about, pray about, all that we study becomes part of our conscience.
It’s like putting books in a library.
When the need arises, the Spirit helps us retrieve the book, the information.
If we never put the book in the library, short of a miracle,
no matter how much we pray for help, the knowledge will never come to mind.
We wouldn’t need schools it this weren’t true.
 
“O Lord.  As we proclaim your Kingdom with our lives,
help us to be shrewd and wise as serpents.  Help us to be simple as doves.  Amen!”