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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18th Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Mon, 08/07/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

We are a pilgrim people.  We make our way through time, through history to the promised land.
This world is not our forever home.
We carry with us what was received from Jesus Christ.
His spirit enlivens us.
It is the light that guides us.  The joy that sustains us.
The truth that keeps us free to move ever forward.
 
The way we travel is a way of holiness, love and truth.
We are led by the Spirit from the death of sin to the newness of life in the Resurrection.
We are led to that Kingdom that lasts forever.
There we will partake of the Messianic Banquet.
 
The journey sometimes takes us to out of the way places,
sometimes to the desert, sometimes to the mountain.
As we travel we need something to eat, to fuel our faith.
We are not alone on the journey.  God travels with us and among us.
 
We chose Jesus Christ as the central meaning of our lives.  He is our intimacy with God.
He prepares, he provides a banquet for us in the here and now….food that is imperishable. 
The Bread of life and the Chalice of Salvation nourishes and sustains us,
nourishes and sustains our intimacy with God and our communion with one another.
This is the spiritual food, the daily bread, of disciples from the beginning of the Church.
 
The Eucharistic banquet provided for us is our hope and our strength.
It is a powerful sign, an encounter with, a sharing in….
the goodness and love of Jesus for his people.
It draws us, day by day, into a more perfect union with our God.
It renews our expectations
It renews us in virtue, in our desire for a spirit of sacrifice,
a generous openness, understanding, forbearance, pardon, and reconciliation.
It is given to us for our peace and our renewal.
It provides the grace we need to overcome division and to foster greater communion
in the community of believers.
 
The Eucharistic banquet is a promise and a foretaste of that time in the future
when we will be welcomed to that banquet of eternal life
when the Kingdom of God is established in its fullness.
 
We are a pilgrim people.  We journey through the valley of death.
Our destination is our true homeland:  the Kingdom of eternal life.
We eat the bread come down from heaven provided alone the way.
Let us do so with joy and appreciation.
 
Today’s prayer:  “O Lord, may we never grow weary of eating the bread You give to us as we travel toward Your kingdom.  Help us to continue to find satisfaction with and in a life that will not pass away.  Save us from our grumbling, our pouting and our bellyaching.   Amen!”