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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15th Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Thu, 07/16/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

There is someone here this morning….you carry a great burden.
The weight of it is heavy on your shoulders.
This burden troubles you to no end….
causes an aching in your heart….
and often it brings tears to your eyes
as you ask yourself “why?  Why do I have to carry this?”
 
This burden continues to steal away your joy.
The pain of it seeps into your very spirit.
It distracts your thoughts away from other matters.
It interferes with your relationships,
your desires and motivation.
You are distressed, worried, on edge, and tired.
There are limits to the human capacity of bearing such weight.
And you sometimes think “how long before I reach my limit.”
 
When Jesus walked this earth,
and he encountered people and saw that they were burdened,
when he saw the heaviness within  their hearts,
he offered them an invitation.
He said:  “come to me!
Stay with me.  Learn from me.
I am gentle and humble and gracious.
Allow me to help you.  Allow me to love you.  Allow me to redeem you.
In me you will find rest.
In me you will find peace.”
 
This invitation is still proclaimed.
In a world that might offer us a pill, or a means of dulling the pain,
or even closes its eyes to our burden
because of fear of discomfort or to avoid experiencing feelings of helplessness
Jesus says “come to me.  Trust in my promise.  The word I speak is truth.
Embrace the Gospel.  Live in faith.  Labor in love.
Abandon your very self into the mystery of dying and rising
and you will know peace, in this life and in the next.”
 
There is something beautiful, something wonderful about our faith.
It allows us to hold on to hope
as we are confronted by the difficulties of our imperfect human existence.
Believing in Jesus Christ offers us a joy that comes from beyond this world….
a joy that sees us through, a joy that carries us through our earthly burdens.
 
There is someone here this morning….you are weary of the burden you bear.
Come to Christ.  He is concerned about you.  He knows your need for rest.
He will lead you out of misery, carry you beyond your torment
…into new life.