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: 
Tue, 11/15/2016
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

“Mindfulness” is a mental state of awareness and consciousness.
It entails focusing one’s attention on specific aspects of human experience.
To be mindful of the blessings we have received from God
fosters appreciation and gratitude.
 
The greatest blessing we can receive from God is….salvation.
To put things in context, the counterpart to salvation is perdition, eternal damnation.
 
The message of Jesus Christ is the message of God’s salvation.
The Gospel is the Good News of salvation.
God’s call to all of us is a call to salvation.
God’s plan for all of us is to personally experience salvation.
God seeks us out for the purpose of bestowing upon us His salvation.
More than anything else in the world, God wants us to accept His salvation.
 
The future aspect of salvation is eternal happiness and peace in God’s presence.
But salvation is also about the present.
It must be received in response to God’s offer.  It is an offer of mercy.
Present salvation is liberation from sin.
Salvation comes to the sinner with divine pardon of sin.
The sign of acceptance of salvation is one’s conversion to God.
A heartfelt decision is made for repentance.
 
Salvation entails recognizing the work of Jesus and accepting some part in his mission.
It is to live with promise and hope.
It is to live in a right relationship with God.
It is to know and accept a certain identity:  I am an adopted child of God
and I am justified by grace.
It is to live within the community of salvation:  the Church
and to assume a familial concern for and responsibility for the least ones.
As a matter of fact, acceptance of salvation is a constitutive element of fellowship
within in the Body of Christ.
In other words, the Body of Christ is made up of all those who have accepted salvation.
But it is more than a confession or profession of faith.
It entails acceptance of Tradition.  Tradition is the history of salvation within time.
 
Salvation is not a matter of having all the answers about our existence
and having no questions about life.
It does not mean the absence of challenges and problems.
It is not a matter of now being totally free from the threat of spiritual harm.
Salvation can be lost through apostasy:  renunciation of the faith, abandonment of the faith,
defection from the faith.
 
Salvation is life in God, now and after earthly death.
For the Christian, salvation is the true source of earthly happiness.
The purpose of the Christian life is to live within the reality of salvation
while existing in a sinful world.
 
Our prayer today:  “Help me, O Lord, to celebrate the blessing of salvation by embracing every opportunity I have to experience liberation and freedom from sin.  Help me to recognize my time of visitation, to receive you into my home, and to respond to You with a generous heart.  Amen!”