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 Easter

Date: 
Sat, 04/18/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

If you want to find peace, visit the cemetery.
I’m not speaking so much of a sense of personal inner peace.
I’m speaking of the absence of human conflict.
There is no conflict among the residents of a cemetery….
no fighting, arguing, petty disputes, dissatisfaction with neighbors.
From the very beginning of human existence, starting with Cain and Abel,
sin has disrupted human relationships; sin has compromised being at peace.
 
Even though the resurrection of Jesus brings new life,
where believers gather together and establish a community of faith
the issue of peace and maintaining the peace is not forever settled.
If anything, matters become more complicated.
Faith in the resurrection brings together people from different cultures,
different ethnic backgrounds, different family histories,
different educational levels, different socio-economic lifestyles, different political affiliations.
This increases the chances for conflict, for differences of opinion.
 
I have to believe that even during the time that the Risen Lord was still on the earth
in his absence, tensions and differences surfaced within the community.
When he showed himself those tensions and differences didn’t magically disappear.
They became insignificant in light of a much greater reality.
If we are more apt to be at peace with one another when the Lord is with us
then may the Lord never leave us.
 
It seems that when we center our lives on heavenly things
and detach ourselves, free ourselves from earthly things, the reality of peace becomes possible.
Unfortunately, it is the very foundation of our consumer and commercial culture
that we feel dissatisfied with our life  (which spills over into dissatisfaction
with our relationships with others because they can afford, they can possess what we can’t,
they can give their children what we can’t etc, etc, etc….)
 
Conflicts, problems, tensions, disagreements within our families, within our neighborhoods,
within our church, throughout the world,
overwhelm us, fill us with fear, and bring us to cynicism and the loss of hope.
When we lose our belief in the possibility of peace,
peace founded in and built upon the power of God to free us from sin,
then our only option is to resort to physical force where “right” is determined by “might”.
 
God has saved us from such a world.
With the resurrection of Jesus Christ a new reality has come into existence.
The beginning of an historical movement where the oneness and unity of people
will continue to grow, continue to develop and eventually result in a total unity in God.
 
“Renew within us, O Lord, that vision of  peace. 
Pour out upon us the spirit of faith and love
that makes peace possible.  Amen!”