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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33rd Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Thu, 11/20/2014
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Our Catholic faith is not all happiness.
We should experience a sense of joy as we ponder and live
the mysteries of our faith.
But sometimes our faith rightfully stirs us to emotions of sorrow and grief.
To engage in lamentation, to pray the prayer of tears, to pray the prayer of anguish,
is to embrace the depths of humanity.
It is also following the example of Jesus in his humanity.
 
In today’s gospel, Jesus is brought to tears.
Jesus is cut to the heart as he is confronted by the rejection of the religious leaders.
Their rejection of him will have dire consequences.
Jesus has been teaching and preaching and healing the sick for 3 years.
Little headway was made with the religious leaders;  their hearts were hard.
Maybe when they saw his tears, his emotional expression,
their hearts would melt
and they would awaken to new understanding.
Maybe they would see his sincerity and love.
Maybe they would be persuaded to reconsider, to accept the truth of who he was,
and to praise God for sending such a great prophet.
But it wasn’t to be so.
In sorrow, in anguish, Jesus weeps….
not just the watering of the eyes with a single tear rolling down his cheek.
A flood of emotion poured out of Jesus.
He cried a river of sadness.
 
How many Catholic parents weep is sorrow
as their children reject the Catholic faith?
How many Catholic spouses shed tears of sadness
as their wife or husband falls away from the faith?
How many Catholic children cry for elderly parents
who die without ever coming to faith,
coming to know the love of God for them?
 
If anyone understands, Jesus does.
To watch someone exercise human freedom to choose separation from God
causes the greatest sadness.
The human heart cannot be forced, only convinced.
When we can’t convince those we love that God visits His people
and brings salvation, we are not failures.
Jesus couldn’t convince the people he loved….but he died for them anyway. 
He showed the mercy of God anyway.
He gave up his life anyway.  And out of his death came life.
The greatness of God prevailed.
 
We offer our tears to God as we celebrate our communion with Him.
And in turn God offers us the bread that will sustain us unto eternal life.