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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23rd Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Fri, 09/12/2014
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

We often take the gift of sight for granted.
We can see.
I can see you and you can see me.
We see the sunrise and sunset.
We see the stars of night.
We see the wonders of nature, the birth of a child, the colors of a rainbow.
 
But for us there is something far more important than physical sight
and that is spiritual sight.
- recognizing Jesus Christ for who he is: Son of God and Savior of the world.
- recognizing our need for the salvation Jesus offers.
- recognizing the presence of the Kingdom he established.
- seeing the value and benefit of committing our lives to Christ.
- seeing the love and generosity of God as this is made known through Jesus’ ministry.
- seeing that God loves the unfortunate, the needy of the world, and striving to do the same.
- seeing the need to take Jesus’ words to heart and so sharing our possessions with the less fortunate.
- recognizing and adjusting our own lapses in showing charity and mercy before pointing out the failures of others.
- recognizing the voice of Jesus in the scriptures that are proclaimed and the presence of Jesus in breaking of the bread.
- recognizing and cherishing the communion we share within the body of believers.
 
Such spiritual insights are a blessing….
far beyond any material or worldly belonging.
 
In response to receiving these spiritual blessings
we raise our voices in praise and thanksgiving.
God has been good to us.
This is no reason, however, for us to boast as St. Paul says,
but imposes on us an obligation, a stewardship.
Remember, the good steward was the one who distributed household goods as needed.
 
We cannot become content with our present existence, as blessed as we are.
We cannot let our blessings blind us.
Part of spiritual sight is seeing those who are not blessed
and responding with compassion and not with contempt.
 
“Help us, O Lord, to be distributors of Your manifold grace.  May the blessings we receive,
unite us and not divide us.  Amen!”