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 in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Tue, 02/03/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

There are people who come to a gloomy conclusion about life, about the future.
They say “it is hopeless.  My life is hopeless.  My situation is hopeless.
I’ll never get better.  I’ll never succeed.  I’ll never get married, never find the patience I need.  I’ll never be freed from my past, never amount to anything good, never overcome my fears.
Things will just get worse and worse until I die.”
Such people have succumbed to life’s worse temptation:  they’ve given up,
surrender their future to cynicism and despair.
 
In today’s gospel we encounter two people in hopeless situations:
a woman with an incurable disease;  a man whose daughter is on her death bed.
These two people have something in common: they refuse to give up hope.
They refuse to resign to the evil that has befallen them.
They are willing to act, take a risk, reach out to Jesus, seek his help.
Their faith, their hope, does not go unrewarded.
 
There is darkness in this world: sin, destruction, death, evil
but the world is not without hope.
The body may die and return to dust but the soul survives.
The soul survives cancer, the soul survives man’s inhumanity to man,
the soul survives the worst of human suffering. 
In and through Jesus Christ and the mystery of his boundless love—
his suffering, his death, his resurrection—the greatest human hope is born.
New and eternal life awaits us beyond the grave:
communion with our God forever.
 
This knowledge, this conviction, this belief is central to our faith. 
Hope is the power that carries us through anything and everything…
hope in the promise of Jesus Christ,
hope in a love that is victorious over darkness and death.
 
What difference can faith make?
- the difference between travelling in the wrong direction
and travelling in the right direction.
- the difference between being lost and being found.
- the difference between despondency and despair and satisfaction and happiness.
- the difference between the conclusion “life is meaninglessness”
            and the conclusion “life is worth living in spite of pain and suffering and evil”.
 
As followers of Jesus Christ, we believe that good awaits us in the future.
Regardless of our current situation, no matter how bleak it may seem, something good awaits us.
We who live in the spirit of the Risen Lord,
proclaim the hope of new possibilities in the worst of human situations.
We never close the door between ourselves and God.
For through this door comes unexpected grace.