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 Lent

Date: 
Tue, 03/07/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

We choose life.  Not just any life.
We choose life that is found and fostered in obedience to God’s commands.
A life of loving God, of walking in His ways, of holding fast to His truth.
Such a life requires that we center our hearts God’s word.
We listen, we adore, we serve.
 
We choose a life of discipleship…of following Jesus Christ.
Accordingly, prayer is essential; it is constitutive.
Living our faith is not possible without prayer.
 
Prayer is like the little steel ball in a can of spray paint.
The purpose of the steel ball is to “stir” the paint,
to recombine the oils and solvents with the pigment,
which have separated because of being stagnant, inactive.
We must shake the can so the steel ball can fulfill its purpose.
 
Prayer is a human act founded on the belief that there is power in words.
Prayer not only informs…you know “Lord, this is what I want.”
Prayer also creates.  It causes something to happen.  Is sets something into motion.
 
Prayer is not limited to words however.
Being an expression of human love, human hope, human feeling,
being a mode of communication with the divine,
prayer can be music; it can be movement.
It can be expressed through human hands,
through painting and drawing, through sculpture and clay, color and lines.
The Pieta is a most eloquent prayer.
 
 Lent is a time to cultivate our prayer life…to acknowledge and revive the value of prayer.
To grow in our understanding of prayer.
 
To enter into, sustain and deepen a relationship with God…this requires prayer.
To be strong in faith….this requires prayer
To overcome the impulse of evil in the face of temptation…this requires prayer.
To grow in our attachment to Christ, we must pray.
 
The content of prayer is expansive and herein lies a Lenten objective:
assessing the quality of our prayer, the mindfulness of our prayer.
Our scripture readings today give us direction as to the how and what of prayer.
- don’t babble, don’t chatter, don’t prattle.
- express sorrow for sin….express the need and desire to be forgiven.
- ask for not only the willingness, but also the understanding and love that is necessary,
 to forgive the transgressions of others.
- seek the blessing of God’s Spirit poured into the human heart.
 
Prayer is an essential part of the life that we choose.
The ministry (the work) of the Christian is a ministry of intercession.
 
Our prayer today: “O Lord, continue to show forth Your glory through the lives of Your people.  May all that I do today and every day, be pleasing to You and life-giving for others.  Amen!”