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: 
Sun, 08/13/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

I can give you information.   I can pass on to you the knowledge I have acquired.
I can share with you my insights, my reasoning, ….
I can provide for you an example of Christian living.  I can promote the good of self-sacrifice.
I try to do whatever I can to increase your obedience to God’s commands.
 
The aim of such provision is your ongoing spiritual development.
I want you to be strong during times of temptation.
 
I can teach you how to be strong.
I can help you discover the inner strength that is already present in your life.
I can remind you what happens in times of weakness.
I can make you aware of the need for strength.
I can encourage you to strengthen your resolve to stand fast in faith.
I can do these things…but I can’t give you strength.
 
If you want to be spiritually strong, you have to do the work. 
Strength is one of those “use it or lose it” things.
If you don’t move, exert yourself in some way, if you don’t expend energy,
what strength you have will dissipate.
It’s like a battery that loses its charge over time.
 
One requirement for the building up of spiritual strength is prayer.
We must pray to God….pray for the strength we need to live according to His ways.
The strength we need is not something we can manufacture on our own.
Remember, the flesh is weak.  As human beings we are made of corruptible matter.
The spirit is the source of the strength we need.
We need divine strength…the strength that comes from God and God alone.
Such strength is a gift and a blessing.
Trouble arises when flesh forgets to trust in the God and rather trusts in itself.
 
Another requirement for building up spiritual strength is nourishment.
We are nourished by the Eucharist, by the sacraments of the church.
But the nourishment we need goes beyond ritual.
The teachings of Jesus Christ and of the church are also food for the journey.
We must chew on these and swallow them, so to speak,
so that they can be integrated into our living.
If we want to be spiritually strong we must seek out proper nourishment.
 
And another requirement for growing in strength is rest.  We must rest.
Even Jesus rested at nighttime.
All human activity requires the expenditure of energy.
If we never rest our depleted stores of energy are never renewed.
If we never rest we will never become stronger.
We all know what happens when we don’t rest. 
We lose our ability to be sharp, to be focused, to concentrate.
We become irritable, grumpy, detached.  We lose our ability to stand up against evil and sin.
We are easily defeated by obstacles and challenges.
 
It takes strength to cling to God our rock.  It takes strength to love Him above all things.
It takes strength to enter into a true, lasting relationship with Jesus Christ
and to maintain our attachment to him.
 
Today’s prayer:  “Be gracious, O Lord, and bless us with Your strength.  It is Your goodness and faithfulness that underlies our hope for the fulfillment of Your promises.  Renew us in a faith which is sure of forgiveness and which overcomes evil as we remember and embrace what Jesus Your Son has done to and for humanity. Amen!”