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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1st Week of Advent

Date: 
Tue, 12/02/2014
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Last night I heard confessions here in church…
the parish children who attend CCD classes.
During my interaction with each person who came to me for the Sacrament
…after the confession of sin I asked
“and whose fault is it that you committed all these sins?”
Every one of them, from third grade to seventh grade said, “…mine.  It is my fault.”
Then I asked “and you’re willing to admit that?”   “Yes.”
I inwardly rejoiced each time
and said “it takes courage and it takes character and honest insight
to admit our sin is our fault….which you have just done.
It tells me that God is working in your heart…
that God has revealed a truth to you about being human
and you have accepted His word about what is good and what is evil,
what is helpful and what is hurtful.”
 
Jesus rejoiced because his disciples maintained open hearts and open minds
and embraced his revelation to them
about his relationship with the Father.
The disciples allowed themselves to be shaped by their experience of him
and were willing to accept that through Jesus
the promised new age of fulfillment was being brought about in their midst.
In doing so a whole new world opens up before them.
They start seeing the world as Jesus sees the world.
 
During the Season of Advent we are re-immersed into our identity, so to speak,
lest we forget who we are.
Sort of like a paint brush that is dabbed into this color or that
to refill, replenish the brush so we can continue creating on the canvas.
We are a people who wait for the coming of the Lord.
While we wait, we are to rejoice in the Holy Spirit.
We are to rejoice because some people in our world, maybe not all,
but some people reveal by their words and actions
that God is working in their heart.
We rejoice because it’s good to know that some people come to truthful insights
about what it means to be a human being.
We rejoice because some people see the world through the eyes of Jesus
and embrace with a great hope
the possibility of a glorious future, both in the temporal realm and in the eternal realm.
Such people aren’t lucky.  They are blessed.
Now Jesus still had to deal with those who closed their hearts and minds to him,
which seemed to be the overwhelming majority.
But no matter the odds, he wasn’t going to submit to defeat or to darkness.
He rejoiced.
 
If we have lost our ability and/or our interest and desire to do so,
let us reclaim this Advent attitude and rejoice.
God is still changing human hearts.