The Church of Saint Agnes

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The Church of Saint Agnes
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33rd Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Mon, 11/14/2016
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Now that it is being scrutinized and dissected and analyzed
the recent presidential election continues to bring to our attention
undercurrents which exist in the hearts and minds of US citizens.
In all of us, there is cognitive, emotional, spiritual activity going on,
churning and flowing below the surface of our words and actions:
discontent, confusion, frustration, anger, fear, bewilderment, restlessness, curiosity.
One of the bottom lines of this inner reality
is that no one except God is aware of everything.
No one has complete and perfect insight into our common and shared human experience.
We tend to pick and choose and decide according to what awareness we do have.
 
Another truth:  what is seen by others on the outside
isn’t always a true reflection of what is going on in the inside.
Take a rip-tide for example.  As we see ocean waves breaking on the shore,
visually the water seems to be flowing towards the land.
However, if you have ever been caught in a rip-tide,
you know that the water is really flowing with great strength away from the land.
 
A phrase was coined a number of years ago to describe Catholics
who accept and choose some aspects of Catholic teaching and practice
and at the same time dismiss and sometimes emphatically reject other aspects.
They have been called “cafeteria” Catholics.
All of us, when we go through a cafeteria line, choose what we like,
and sometimes choose impulsively what we really shouldn’t eat.
 
Anyway, a Catholic who accepts and/or promotes abortion as an acceptable response
to an unwanted child in the womb, a Catholic who believes that human beings have the right
to end the life of other unwanted human beings, is not a “cafeteria” Catholic.
Abortion is not served per se in the Catholic cafeteria.  It’s not a choice offered in any Catholic cafeteria.  It is not a choice offered by God as a way of living the Christian life.
Abortion is something brought in from the outside.
Such a Catholic is more of a “brown-bag Catholic”— “I don’t like what the Church is serving.
I’ll bring my own lunch, thank you very much.”
 
Such a Catholic, in my opinion, is a “rip-tide” Catholic: devout on the outside: fulfilling obligations, engaging enthusiastically in traditional rituals, very personable to others.
And yet on the inside flowing away from what is true and good and holy and faithful.
Such a Catholic exists in dangerous if not deadly waters,
and anyone who latches on to this person will be dragged away from the safety of the shore.
 
A Catholic who accepts and/or promotes abortion is a “blind Catholic”.
Now this is an extreme case of blindness.  It’s more than blurry vision.  This person lives in darkness.
Extreme as it is, it is not incurable.  But if not treated, it is terminal.
 
Jesus came into the world to bring sight to the blind.
We may not be living in darkness, but every one of us needs a spiritual prescription to correct our sight.
One of our human limitations is that we cannot see everything for what it is.
And even with the things we can see, we often misinterpret,
we often come to erroneous conclusions as to what it is we’re seeing.
There are undercurrents in all of lives that drag us away from God’s truth.
 
Our prayer today is that of the blind man in the gospel:  “O Lord, please let me see.  Let me see You.  Give me the sight of faith that I might see and recognize Your Son, Jesus Christ.  Give me new insight into the Gospel that I may follow where You lead, not only with my feet but also in my heart and soul.  Save me from drowning in the darkness of sin.  Amen!”