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, 03/27/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Jesus offers to us something the world cannot.
The royal official was a man of means.
He had access to the best of all available resources: medicines, doctors,
round-the-clock care.
And yet his son lay close to death.
 
In the moment the official was not interested in theological debate.
The life of his son was more important.
No doubt, he had heard of the wonders and miracles of Jesus.
He might have been reluctant to approach him.
As a Jew working for the Roman oppressors he was labelled “traitor”.
He made the journey to Jesus in person to appeal for the life of his child.
 
He doesn’t offer payment in exchange for Jesus’ services.
He doesn’t make promises.
He doesn’t try to strike a bargain.
He doesn’t say “I’ll cover your expenses.”
He simply says “my son is near death.  Please, come to him and heal him.
Restore him to life.”
 
The boy was healed.
The royal official, in response, surrendered his heart to Jesus.
And he made sure that his boy and the rest of his family would never forget,
would never take for granted the mercy and compassion of God.
He became a disciple that day.
He gave up his prior religious convictions and set out on a new path.
I can only imagine he became forever grateful.
His mourning was turned into dancing.
His weeping and crying were replace by joy and rejoicing.
Jesus preserved the physical life of his son.
The official became convinced that Jesus would preserve and assure
the spiritual life, the eternal life, of his family.
 
When we speak of the fullness of life, it is more than physical and mental health.
It is not about comfort.  It is not about the absence of pain or tension or struggle.
It is not about length of days.
 
It has to do with unity in Christ; loving connection to and with Him.
It has to do with receiving his Spirit and being enlightened by divine truth.
It has to do with mission….continuing the work of Jesus:  representing him;
living and proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom; 
giving trustworthy witness to the goodness of his teachings. 
It has to do with being empowered to confront and stand against evil, oppression, injustice, sin; 
It has to do with not only living in light, but bringing light to where there is darkness.
It has to do with discerning, surrendering to and embracing the will of the Father.
It has to do with sacrifice, self-restraint, ongoing conversion of heart and mind.
It has to do with a willingness to journey to the cross with a faith that convinces us to die
in order to receive new life.
 
During the Season of Lent we ask “what is necessary that I might know the fullness of life?”
 
Today’s prayer:  “O Lord, rescue me from eyes that cannot see, from ears that cannot hear,
and from a heart that does not love.  Through your Son Jesus, restore me to the fullness of life.  Amen!”