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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2nd Week of Advent

Date: 
Mon, 12/11/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

God’s people in the Old Testament waited; they waited for God to fulfill His promise and send a savior.
They waited for the prophecies pertaining to this promise to be fulfilled,
for that glorious day when God would come to save them.
 
God did come to save them:  Jesus Christ, Son of God, was born into the world.
He brought forgiveness of sin and victory over death.
 
We also wait for God to fulfill His promise, the promise of the 2nd coming of Christ.
On that day judgment will come upon the earth.   The fruitfulness of the Gospel will be harvested.
The sheep will be separated from the goats.  The faithful will see the glory of God.
The unfaithful will be cast into darkness where there will wailing and grinding of teeth.
 
We wait in joyful hope.
Salvation is accomplished in Jesus Christ and the grace of his Incarnation is available to us.
We wait for the new life we received in baptism to mature, to reach its fullness.
 
Our hope is that tomorrow we will be closer to God than we are today.
 - that our Christian charity will grow;
 - that everything god-like in us will increase, and things worldly will decrease.
 - that in our lives today there will be more light and less darkness than yesterday.
 - that we will be less restrained by sin and more liberated by truth.
 - that our spirits will grow, our faith and knowledge and wisdom will increase.
 - that fear will give way to courage.     - that our willfulness will decrease and our willingness increase.
 
Our hope as we wait…is that God will reign over our lives more today than yesterday.
 - we wait for the fullness of God’s love to be active in our hearts.
 - that the integration of our person continue, that body, mind and spirit will continue to become one.
 - that we will become whole.
 - that our communion with each other, that our unity in the Body of Christ will increase.
 - that we will have a full, unshortened, human life;
that will live to a ripe old age in in the company of our children and grandchildren.
 - that our living in Christ will be perfected.
 - that our knowledge and understanding will advance toward excellence.
 - that our goodness will be refined and purified.
 - that our intention to do God’s will will be actualized.
 - that our words will benefit more people tomorrow than they benefit today.
 - that the spiritual fruitfulness of our lives will multiply.   - that our love for God will intensify.   
 - that our dedication to holiness will grow.    - that our ability to see will gain clarity.       
 - that the divisions in our heart will decrease so that we can serve God with an undivided heart.
 
Our hope is that what is lacking in our lives with regards to obedience and faithfulness and virtue
will come to us by God’s hand and will continue to be added to our lives.
We want more than to be sustained and maintained.  We want increase. 
We want growth and development.  We want more of what is good.  We want our limits to be overcome.  We want to be so full that we overflow in abundance.  We want to climb higher, reach farther, dig deeper.
We want selflessness to increase and selfishness to decrease.
We want to be more disciplined and less lazy.
Our desire is to be more authentic and genuine and less counterfeit and artificial;
more human and less mechanical; more active and less reactive; 
more responsible and less foolish;  more considerate and less thoughtless.
Our waiting for God isn’t passive; it’s active!
 
Today’s prayer:  “O Lord, we are not yet finished.  We are not yet completed or perfected.  Continue the work you have begun in our lives.  Continue to shape and form us in the image of Your Son, Jesus Christ,
who is our Lord forever and ever.  Amen!