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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4th Week of Lent

Date: 
Mon, 03/16/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

I was speaking with someone the other day who was reluctant.
This person needed something but was afraid to ask.
It might have been pride.  It might have been embarrassment.
I said to this person:  “it never hurts to ask. 
Now, you may not receive the answer you want.  I might say “no”.
But if you never ask, you will never receive.”
 
When it comes to God, there are no forbidden questions.
There are no foolish questions.
Besides, God already knows our hearts, our minds,
before we ever form our questions into words.
We are free to approach God
with our needs, our wants, our concerns, our interests.
Nothing is too superficial, especially regarding our need for help.
Hopefully we will ask something of substance every once in a while.
 
When I was a budding teenager
I can remember asking God in prayer
some questions I would be embarrassed about today.
But God didn’t say to me at the time “how dare you ask me something like that”.
If we never ask, we will never receive.
 
If you think about it, every question we can ask God is a request for help.
“Help me” or “help this other person” or “help our world”.
“Help me to understand.  Help that person in their struggles.
Help me to do the right thing.  Help that person find joy.
Help me to find my place in life.  Help that person in their suffering.”
If we never ask, we will never receive.
 
Sometimes, discovering God’s answers
is like mining, like digging in hard soil, prying loose big rocks,
sifting through dirt and stone
every once in a while finding a nugget of gold, finding a diamond,
finding something of value.
Some of what we uncover and discover might be easily recognized.
We might, however, uncover something we know is important
but it is not simple.  It is very complex and requires ongoing examination.
 
The royal official asks Jesus for help.  He asks in faith.
And his faith is rewarded.
Because he had the courage, the humility ask, his son received new life.
 
“Help us, O Lord, through this time of Lent to know what to ask for.
Help us to see and understand your answer,
that we too might receive new life.  Amen!”