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 Lent

Date: 
Thu, 03/05/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Are you repenting?  Are you turning away from sin?
Are you casting off old ways of sin
and adopting into your life the ways of Jesus Christ?
 
During this Season of Lent two motives need to guide our desires:
1.) “help me to know my sin, reveal to me my hidden faults,
O Lord, that I may seek forgiveness from You;
2.) teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may know how to live better.”
 
Today’s Gospel provides us with one of the signs that we are repenting:
deeds of loving kindness.
More specifically, the care of the needy.
If we are not showing love and kindness to the needy and the poor,
then we are not heeding the voice of the Lord.
 
It is good to pray for the needy and poor.
But we are instructed to care for their physical and spiritual needs.
Prayers may make us feel good.
However, Jesus knew:  prayers don’t fill an empty belly or heal sores
or provide shelter or respect and affirm human dignity.
 
Dives, the rich man, enjoys a high standard of living.  He is blessed.
It is ironic that his blessings blind him.
His blessings cloud his mind and harden his heart.
What God has given him alienates him, disconnects him from God’s ways
and he doesn’t even know it.
He expects to rest in peace forever in the bosom of Abraham.
When such a reward is not given him, then his eyes are opened….but it’s too late.
Dives is a fool—he does not know what is fitting in relation to God.
 
Lent reminds us:  as human beings we have a problem with sin,
and this problem can never be escaped.
God has given us the blessings of freedom of will and freedom of thought.
A misguided will and an uncontrolled intellect
combined with the power of human impulse
lead to destructive possibilities.
Without an obedient attitude of faith in and to God’s will….
if we as human beings set aside God’s prohibitions—reject God’s commands
instead of accepting them as expressions of God’s interest in our well-being—
if we claim responsibility only to ourselves, trust solely in our own human judgments,
then no matter how high a standard of living we achieve in this life
our standard of life in the next life will be one of torment and affliction,
God forbid!
 
“Help us to turn back to you, O God, that we might live!”