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: 
Mon, 12/04/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

There is something I need to say with as much clarity as possible.
I don’t want to be misunderstood.
I don’t want people to think I’m something I’m not.
I need to make it clear:  I am conservative!
 
I don’t think anyone who knows me would label me as “a” conservative…
I know I sometimes push things to the edge.
But I have a desire to conserve,
to receive what is good, just, truthful and virtuous from generations past,
to protect it, guard it, keep it viable, make it relevant;
to apply it in the present according to the signs of the times;
and then pass it on to the next generation.
Historical ideas and notions of things like marriage and family need to be preserved.
Everything, including language, is being slowly diluted, watered down to the point of meaninglessness.
 
The Season of Advent, with its symbols, its songs, its religious meaning,
needs to be conserved and celebrated with a common vision of faith.
We must insure Advent does not wind up on a shelf in the Church’s museum.
 
The people of the Old Testament longed for the promised Messiah.
We long for the promised 2nd coming of Jesus Christ at the Parousia.
By remembering and contemplating how God sustained his Old Testament people in hope
through the words of the prophets,
we can be sustained in our hope as we wait, not passively, but actively….
recognizing our need for conversion, a turning away from sin,
and toward the grace provided by the salvation already accomplished in Christ.
 
What we have lost and need to regain is a sense of expectation.
We live in times where nothing surprises us anymore.
We are so saturated with spectacle, so consumed with one-upmanship,
always on the alert for some way to be impressive, to be noticed and acclaimed,
needing the attention and approval of the masses in order to feel like we’re somebody important.
 
We need to rediscover and embrace once again the wonder of what God can do.
We need to preserve and promote a vision of peace.
We need to turn our thoughts more often to peace,
foster within our selfish business a conscious and deliberate desire for peace.
 
We need to re-imagine the possibility that God can change the hardest of hearts,
that God can overcome what seems to be impossible obstacles.
We need to remember that God took on flesh in Jesus Christ
and came to live among us in the most humble of circumstances:
a lowly unwed virgin, no room in the inn, childbirth in that place where animals lay.
 
What can we expect?
We can expect that God will remain faithful, the God will never withhold his love,
that God will guide us along ways of justice and truth.
We can expect that God forgets no one along the way
and will continue to call into His fold all people and all nations.
We can expect that the power of God’s love will vindicate the outcast, the poor
and the undesirable.
 
Today’s prayer: “O Lord, come and save us.  Let your face shine upon us.  Guide us by the light of Your truth along that path that leads us to Your glory.  Amen!”