The Church of Saint Agnes

1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

The Church of Saint Agnes
1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

Saint Agnes School | Contact Us

2nd Week of Easter

Date: 
Thu, 04/16/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Someone pulled me aside, wanting my counsel regarding his current spiritual state.
This gentleman, now in his twilight years, was concerned about sin in his life….
about remaining in the grace of God, and being in the grace of God when he dies.
He was concerned about the effectiveness of his prayer, and about thoughts that haunted him,
thoughts about his past…..things he had done and said.
 
I assured him:  salvation is not what we do.  It’s what God is doing to help us, to rescue us.
Salvation is not how well or how often we pray.
Salvation is not the accumulation of all the good we have done over our lifetime.
Salvation doesn’t have to do with our abilities and accomplishments.
Salvation, I said, is relationship.  It is a lived connection with what is divine.
It is a new situation in our human history which portends a glorious future.
It’s power is timeless.  Accept this new situation and your past loses its sting.
If we are rescued from a burning house, memories may haunt us,
but the fire itself can no longer impede our future.  We are freed from its clutches.
 
Our faith is about a person: Jesus Christ risen from the dead.
This person, who came down from heaven, reveals what God is about.
Jesus’ life and teaching provide a testimony, a description, a verification
about God’s love, God’s forgiveness, God’s commands.
Those who believe in Jesus have a share in God’s spirit.
Those who do not believe in him do not have a share in God’s spirit.
 
A sign of authenticity, an indicator of being saved, one that gives faithful witness,
allows the world to see our appropriation of new life in Christ…..is obedience.
This obedience is our choice….to discern, embrace and then live according to God’s ways.
It involves the submission of our wills to divine authority.
It compels us to conform our lives to something greater than our lives.
 
As we celebrate the Easter festival,
as we celebrate our faith in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead,
a command of obedience is laid on our shoulders:  go out and tell the world.
Make this event known….in word and deed.
By how you live convince those who encounter you
that you recognize the blessing of God’s saving work in Jesus Christ,
that you accept and rejoice in the gift of salvation, and that you look forward to eternal life.
By what you say and what you do, convince your brother or sister,
your spouse, your community, your neighbor, even the stranger who crosses your path
that you see beyond the passing nature of earthly things
and that you stand firm in the truth you find in heavenly things.
 
Salvation is accepting the reality that God is with us.
 
Let us pray that the Spirit of our God will increase our understanding of who Jesus is
and what he is doing for us.  
In turn, may our lives in the Spirit bear witness to the faith we put in him.