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: 
Thu, 12/04/2014
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

I just so happen to have a set of blueprints with me this morning—
the layout of the parish grounds here at St. Agnes.
A design was conceived and formulated on paper,
and then followed by contractors and workers.
All the specifications are listed within the blueprint.
The contractors and workers need only follow the plan.
 
When it comes to human life, when it comes to our life,
God is the designer, the creator of the blueprint.
A divine order has been followed.
All the specifications for a good, holy, joyful, meaningful life
are found in the blueprints:  the materials to be used, certain instructions and directions.
 
If we build a life according to this blueprint,
we will have integrity, durability, security, quality of character, a sound foundation.
As the storms of life, the difficulties, the struggles, the sufferings wash over us
we will endure, we will stand fast.
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden lived perfectly within this blueprint.
The willingness of human beings to obey God’s order of things, however,
has become corrupted by sin.
And so because of blindness or ignorance or arrogance or fear
we deviate from the plan.
 
It is necessary for us to be reminded often to consult God’s blueprint.
It is necessary for us to be enlightened about the best materials,
the best methods, and of course what makes for safe construction practices.
It is necessary for us to develop our skills,
and sometimes even be retrained because we are doing shoddy work.
 
To recognize our sin is to recognize where we have gone wrong,
where we have taken things into our own hands,
have not been true to our work of building a life that is Christ-like.
And to admit our sin, to confess our sin, to receive absolution,
is to be re-certified and rededicated, re-sanctified;
we receive the “stamp of approval” with regards to our Christian sense
and our membership in the Church.
 
Advent reminds us:  we are a people who are waiting for the Lord.
What are we waiting for him to do?
We are waiting for him to inspect and test our lives,
make sure we are up to the proper Christian standards.
We are waiting for him to instruct us about necessary adjustments,
to show us and teach us the skills we need to interpret and follow his blueprint for life.
 
As we celebrate Eucharist, as we hear God’s word and receive the Bread of Life,
let us take heart;  for we are building a life that will not collapse.