The Church of Saint Agnes

1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

The Church of Saint Agnes
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15th Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Mon, 07/13/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Today, Jesus puts his cards on the table, so to speak.  He shows his hand.
He is being transparent, hiding nothing from those who would follow him.
His chosen apostles have just witnessed miracles of healing:
the blind receiving sight; the dead being brought back to life;
demons being cast out; the paralyzed being restored to health.
 
And lest the apostles get the wrong impression about what the future holds:
throngs of people clamoring as they pass by,
the self-importance that comes with being hand-picked by Jesus, being special,
popularity, acclaim, admiration of others, public esteem, puffed up egos and big heads,
any thoughts of becoming famous because of their association with Jesus…
Jesus cuts them off at the pass.  He knows too well the course human nature is want to take.
 
Jesus knows what lies ahead, around the next bend, over the next hill.
He can see what the apostles cannot….
and before they take whatever fantasy they have conjured up in their thoughts too far
Jesus brings down the hammer, confronts their fiction with his truth.
 
Just as Jesus’ obedience to the Father’s divine will, will bring him to the cross,
if the apostles commit themselves to Jesus, give him their allegiance and loyalty,
if they remain obedient to Jesus’ commands, faithful to his teaching,
they will be brought to their own crosses.
Anguish, conflict and division with family members,
the agony of choosing love of God over and above love for one’s own flesh and blood,
the loss of friendships, the loss of comfort and security, the loss of social acceptance,
the loss of honor and respect, the loss of certain future possibilities…
But also reward: the gain of eternal salvation, a place in the Kingdom of God,
God’s acceptance, God’s love, God’s respect.
 
The apostles would not have thought of it this way, but we surely can:
think for a moment.  To get a rocket to the planet Mars,
we have to shoot it to where Mars will be when the rocket gets there.
Before there was truthful and accurate knowledge about space and time,
common sense would have dictated that the rocket be shot directly to where the planet is now.
 
Having knowledge of the truth about God, Jesus’ revelations are not common sense.
They contradict everything that is known about God.
The religious sentiment of the time said “to get to God aim here”.
Jesus comes along and says “if you aim there you’ll miss God by miles.
You have to aim your life in this direction.”
The people’s response?  Laughter, ridicule, fear, belittling, rejection and persecution.
 
To find happiness, fulfillment, satisfaction, peace we have to aim our lives as Jesus’ directs.
Many people’s response to this: laughter, ridicule, fear, belittling, rejection and persecution.
 
“Teach us, O Lord, your truth about our lives and about this world. 
Direct our desires and choices accordingly.  Amen!”