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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24th Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Fri, 09/22/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

To pursue a Christian life, is to pursue a life of righteousness.
What is righteousness?
How we understand this word will determine to a great degree
how we live in this world.
 
Righteousness is more than a matter of appearance.
People can appear to be living rightly….
they say the right words, they act the right way
but their hearts are in the wrong place, pursuing self-interests, exaggerating their own worth,
holding others in contempt, seeing themselves as superior.
Their minds in reality are embracing false teaching.
When the inner life is not congruent with the outer life…we call this hypocrisy.
 
Righteousness is a mode of being….of attitude and disposition,
out of which proper Christian “doing” emerges.
To pursue a life of righteousness is to seek to live in conformity
with a Christian understanding of God’s will.
It is to live according to the divine order of creation and not an order imposed by human willfulness.
It entails the active pursuit of the practice of love
as love has been shown to the world through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross.
To live in righteousness is to recognize and put faith in the one God has sent
and to manifest in one’s life a readiness to give witness to a right relationship with God
and a right relationship with other human beings.
 
Righteousness involves the wholeness of :  harmony of body, mind and spirit.
It requires that one act, think, feel, want according to honesty, truthfulness, justice and salvation.
To strive for righteousness is to strive to live a life free of sin.
It also involves the fulfillment of duties and obligations, acting with civility,
promoting good will and embracing virtue.
Someone who does not observe established legal norms (for example – speeding while driving),
or does respect and follow judicial process, and/or puts him/her self above the law,
is not living in righteousness.
 
Righteousness entails the proper application of things, especially words. 
Someone living in righteousness does not misuse words, uses things properly, for their intended purpose.
Anyone one who says “it’s my way or the highway” is not living in righteousness.
 
Righteousness necessarily involves participation in benevolent activities:
to secure justice, to help right a wrong, to champion the cause of innocence.
 
Righteousness stands out in the world;  it’s goodness stands out in contrast with wickedness.
 
God blesses those who seek after righteousness.
 
This is what I teach;  this is what I urge.
 
Today’s prayer:  “O Lord, You are a God of righteousness.  Grant us this day the courage, the strength, the wisdom and the desire to resolutely adhere to and to hold fast to righteousness.  Help us to live knowing that no unrighteousness can stand before Your glory.  Amen!”