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: 
Sat, 12/06/2014
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

The prophet Isaiah proclaims his vision of the future.
The time will come when God’s kingdom will be established forever.
During that time, all creation will rejoice.
It will be a time of abundance.
All human needs will be fulfilled.
All proper and acceptable human desires will be given expression.
All will welcome with joy the coming of God’s kingdom.
 
God will provide something better, bigger, deeper, wider…
something beyond the current confines of earthly life..
something beyond human limitation, imperfection, pettiness and corruption…
this is the destination of human history.
At this time all of humanity will recognize God as the origin and culmination of life.
 
Jesus observes the state of God’s people and is saddened.
His heart is filled with pity.
The religious leaders of his time failed to shepherd their charges,
failed to guide them correctly,
failed to watch over them  and care for them.
The people were troubled and abandoned.
 
New shepherds are appointed.
Given the task of gathering up the lost,
Called to lead God’s flock to green pastures,
treat them with love and mercy,
and to protect them from the wolves of the world.
 
As one of the shepherds appointed within the line originally appointed by Jesus
I accept the task, I dedicate myself to continue the work of the Good Shepherd.
It is always my intention to gather God’s people and keep them together—
those of strong faith as well as those who exist on the edges of the flock.
I am concerned for the lost.
 
I am concerned for your spiritual safety: I try to fight off the wolves.
I am dedicated to your spiritual growth.
There is a need for order that can only be established if God’s rules are followed.
I want you to experience joy and am here to celebrate with you the goodness of life
There is a place for you here, within the Christian community.  You are needed.
I encourage you to sink your roots into the traditions of our faith.
And I assure you:  there is no greater human purpose than to align ourselves with God
and direct our deepest longings toward him.
 
And today I remind you:  we are a people who wait for the Lord.
God has made this promise: 
“If you remain faithful….the end will be glorious!”