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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27th Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Mon, 10/09/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Today we are given our marching orders.
We are called to embrace the Christian Mission:
onward Christian soldiers.
The Christian Mission is a mission to love.
First and foremost we are to love God with a whole-hearted love.
Secondly, we are to love sinful, broken, fragile, imperfect, humanity.
 
The only weapon to be carried by a Christian on mission,
the only weapon to be used in the battle between good and evil, is love.
We are to respond to the evil in our world with love.
We are to confront the evil in our world with love.
 
Our Christian mission is to love humanity
with the same love revealed to the world by the Paschal Mystery,
by the life, death, resurrection and glorification of Jesus Christ.
This divine love rescues us, liberates us, from sin and death.
To love others is to rescue them from the oppression, the prison of sin and the darkness of death.
To love our neighbor….
(our neighbor is not limited to the person who lives next door.
“Neighbor” is the term used to define what we have in common with every human being.
In every human being is to be found a common good and a common sacredness.
So, every person conceived in the womb,
which includes the poor as well as the person in prison on death row, is our neighbor.)
 
To love our neighbor is to take the time to evaluate not only our personal lives,
but also the larger social and economic circumstances.
To love our neighbor is to make sure our living is not causing harm to others
and to make sure that systems, institutions, governments, and impersonal social structures
do not give advantage to some and disadvantage to others.
To love our neighbor is to pursue a common good founded on a common sacredness.
The Christian mission is to love
so as to promote  unity, peace, joy, happiness, justice, and order for all…
it is to determine and then establish the conditions necessary for these
to take root and flourish in every corner of the world.
 
Here is a question to carry with us as we carry out our mission:  “where will I find God today?” 
For the priest and Levite, they found God in conformity to religious law. 
The Samaritan found God in a helpless, injured, dying stranger.
 
On another level, we will find God where ever mercy is shown.
To show mercy is the work of God.
Non-Catholics, non-Christians, heathens and pagans of good will, who show mercy,
are doing the work of God
and therefore are candidates for inheriting everlasting life.
For us, love entails recognizing and celebrating such a possibility.
 
Love is a matter of seeing reality for what it is:  the reality of God as well as the reality of this sinful world.
As such, love requires knowledge.  Love is directly proportional to knowledge.
If we want to increase and deepen our love, we must increase and deepen our knowledge.
 
Today’s prayer:  “O Lord, through Your Son, Jesus Christ, give me a heart capable of love.  May Your divine love penetrate to the core of my humanity.  Sustain me with Your help as I strive to love what is good, what is true, what is kind, what is just.  Bless me with a genuine desire to bring Your love where it is needed the most.  Amen!”