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: 
Tue, 10/25/2016
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

We are summoned today to blessed assurance,
summoned to come to this place and time,
the hear the word, to remember the paschal mystery,
the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ,
to renew our faith in the new covenant between God and humanity,
to receive the bread of life.
Salvation has come to the earth.
Like a small seed the Kingdom of God has been planted in rich soil.
It has germinated, taken root, pushed through the soil,
and is even now reaching into the skies.
 
The Kingdom of God grows, it extends its reach.
It provides shelter.  It’s fruitfulness is available to those who would taste its sweetness.
In the here and the now, God’s Kingdom is operative.
Do not fear for its demise.  The victory is already won.
God will achieve his goal, his rule will prevail over all the earth,
despite any and all indications to the contrary.
 
Continue to invest your life in the journey of faith.
Such investment is not futile.
Living in faith is not pointless.
Standing up for what is good and just and true is not foolish or irrational.
Resisting temptation, remaining free of sin, resisting evil…
these pursuits are not unworthy or dishonorable of without benefit.
 
Do not allow yourself to sink into hopelessness, or despair, or cynicism.
Do not grow weary of doing what is right.
Stand firm and be steadfast.
Find comfort not in riches or material wealth, but in God.
Know that even if you fall, even if you fail at times in your endeavors to follow Christ,
your sin is forgiven, your life is reconciled, your friendship with God is restored.
 
The future can seem uncertain…but it is not.
God will never abandon us.
Good things await.
Remain patient.
Never lose sight of the vision of God’s glory.
Yes, misfortunes will come and go; distress will come and go; affliction will come and go.
Be sustained by divine love and the outpouring of grace,
celebrated and made manifest in the mystery of this Eucharist.
 
Our prayer today:  “O Lord, refresh and renew our yearning for what is eternal.  Confirm us in our faith.  Gladden our sometimes joyless hearts.  And remind us that Your salvation is a gift and is not determined by human accomplishment.  Amen!”