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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29th Week in Ordinary Time

Thu, 10/20/2016
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

“The Kingdom of God will bring true peace to the world.”
This message proclaimed by Jesus Christ receives mixed reviews.
Some hear it, are completely taken in by it,
and are willing to give up everything, willing to leave everything behind,
in order to “live” according to its principles and tenants in the here and now.
Others are strongly opposed to it.
They question Jesus’ origins and the source of his power.
They are threatened by Jesus’ message, so much so,
that they plot to silence him.
Those who accept the invitation to follow Jesus,
those who embrace this Kingdom and enter into the community of believers,
soon come face to face with an unpleasant reality—
one that tears deep into the heart.
Even though they accept Jesus as the source of truth and salvation
members of their families remain unconvinced and hostile.
Long standing bonds of acceptance and mutual support are on the line.
Peacefully co-existing under the same roof is becoming impossible.
Such division within family seems so contradictory to Jesus’ intentions.
The temptation for the believer is to compromise for the sake of peace.
Jesus warns against such compromise.
“Do not sell your soul for a peace that is temporary.
Do not sacrifice something divine (i.e., peace in and with Jesus Christ)
for something worldly (the absence of conflict with and agreement with family members).
At its very core, the message of Jesus is God’s truth.
One of the effects of this truth is similar to what occurs
when metals are refined with the use of fire.
The dross, the slag, the impurities are revealed as they separated out.
They are removed so that what is left is untainted, uncontaminated,
purged of all imperfections.
A major purpose of Jesus’ Kingdom message
is to help people distinguish the dross from what is genuine and foundational.
You and I might be satisfied with having gold in any form.
We’re happy with something that’s 10% gold and 90% impurities.
Jesus is saying “sin in any form is contrary to God
and needs to be purged from one’s life.”
If and when the achievement of peace involves sin in any form
that peace will not last for it is not true peace.
True peace will only be found in the Kingdom Jesus brings about.
As we consider the ramifications of this Gospel truth let us remember: 
within his message of peace,
Jesus always calls for forgiveness, reconciliation, and love of enemies.
Our prayer for today:  “O Lord, help us to take seriously the problems that jeopardize and prevent peace.  Give us right judgment when it comes to choosing the path that leads to everlasting peace.  Amen!