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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30th Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Mon, 10/24/2016
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

What prevents us from seeing God, from recognizing his presence?
What prevents us from hearing His voice?
These are questions that perplex me, that cause me to wonder,
that inspire me to uncover and discover within myself obstacles to grace.
 
Let’s put this into its proper context.
Adam and Eve, in the Garden of Eden, saw God clearly.
There was nothing preventing them from hearing his voice.
They recognized the power, the awesomeness, the majesty of God.
And yet, they chose to sin.  They chose to seek something more.
They chose to be disobedient.
So seeing God, recognizing Him in his glory, hearing his voice
will not and does not guarantee perfect communion with God,
It does not prevent humans from sinning.
 
When Jesus came to this earth, because of his words and actions,
some people accepted him, embraced him, surrendered their lives to him.
And some people opposed him, rejected him, sought to rid the world of him.
Such strong contrary responses peak my curiosity:  why?
What caused people to respond in such ways?
What inner forces and outer forces?
Social conditioning?  Peer pressure?  Education?
 
I believe this is a mystery worth exploration…a quest, a mission to undertake.
In my pursuit of an answer or answers, I have become convinced
that certain realities within our human experience prevent us from
participating in the fullness of grace.
Here are a few.  This list is by no means exhaustive.
 
Spiritual darkness keeps us from seeing spiritual things
just as physical darkness keeps us from seeing and recognizing physical objects.
Imprisonment in and by what is evil.
Certain mentalities cause us to overlook what is right in front of us.
(For example:  we don’t want to see the elephant in the middle of the room.)
Ignorance, a lack of knowledge, a lack of experience.
Fear.  Fear of failure.
Our own woundedness.  Our experiences of trauma.  No one likes to experience pain.
An unwillingness to move from where we are.  (The Christian life is a journey.)
An unwillingness to let go of what we hold on to so tightly.  A closed hand cannot receive.
The protective walls we build around ourselves.
Exhaustion, tiredness, numbness, the dulling of our senses and of our sensitivity.
An unwillingness to realize that we are needy, dependent, helpless.
Distraction.  The perceived limits of time and resources.
 
I believe that all these and more interfere with our favorable response to God,
to Jesus Christ and his announcement of the coming of the Kingdom of God,
his message of salvation.
These obstacles prevent us from receiving the Kingdom into our lives.
 
Our prayer for today:  “O Lord, help me to make sense out of what is happening within me and around me.  Lift the veil that prevents me from seeing your presence, acknowledging your truth, and living in your love.  Amen!”