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

Fri, 03/31/2017
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

The desire of the Jews to arrest Jesus was religious in its motivation.
Jesus wasn’t violent.  He wasn’t a criminal.  He wasn’t hurting anyone.
He wasn’t robbing banks.  He wasn’t parking in handicapped parking.
He was not scamming people.  He wasn’t getting rich through deception.
He was simply witnessing to the truth, proclaiming the truth.
And the enemy of truth is wickedness.
Where ever truth shows itself, wickedness is not far behind.
Wickedness cannot let truth exist in peace.
Like a magnet, wickedness is drawn to the truth,
not to embrace it….but to destroy it.
This pattern repeats itself throughout Salvation History.
God seeks out the Israelites, grounds them in truth…
wickedness soon interferes, causes problems,
disrupts the human/divine relationship.
But God never concedes to wickedness, never surrenders, never gives up.
God’s timing, however, is sometimes frustrating…
the people who are just are often kept waiting, suffering
but God always comes through:  things are put back on the right track.
Jesus is just in every sense of the word.
And sure enough, wickedness finds him…sets out to destroy him.
The question of timing comes to the surface:
Jesus was not arrested at this particular moment…because his hour had not yet come.
We know how the story ends.
It ends with the power of God raising Jesus to new life.
As we pursue what is just, what is right, what is good….
and our efforts are thwarted by wickedness
and we pray for God’s intervention
and God seems to be taking his time, twiddling his thumbs
we can be tempted to succumb to wickedness, allow it to defeat us.
As we celebrate Lent, as we recall the events leading up to the paschal mystery,
the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ,
hopefully our assurance is renewed.
God acts in this world.
God will always act on behalf of the just.
It may not be today, or tomorrow, or next month
but God will act.  This is our faith.
Today’s prayer:  “O Lord, save us from the wickedness of this world.  Protect us from harm and guide us by Your truth. With the indwelling of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, help us to be courageous in doing with is just.  Amen!”