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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5th Week of Lent

Date: 
Fri, 03/27/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

I don’t know about you but I don’t want to die in my sins.
The Pharisees are issued this very warning:  you will die in your sins.
Not only will their earthly lives come to an end but they will experience spiritual death also.
The will not be able to go where Jesus has gone:  back to the Father.
They will not share in the redemptive act of the savior.
They will not enter the new world promised by God
to those who recognize him, listen to his voice, and believe.
They will not see God face to face or experience His eternal peace.
This is what it means to die in sin:  to be refused entry into everlasting joy.
I don’t want to die in my sin.
 
The sin of the Pharisees, among other things, is the sin of unbelief.
They do not believe that in and through Jesus, God the Father is in their midst.
They do not believe that Jesus is sent by the Father to be a remedy for sin.
They know that sin leads to death but they believe their law leads to life.
And since Jesus breaks the law, how can he lead to life?
For them, the ways of Jesus lead to death.  His crucifixion is all the evidence they need.
“Cursed is the man who hangs on a tree.”  They readily concluded:  Jesus’ sin lead to his death.
 
The Pharisees had one thing right:  sin leads to death.
They didn’t want to die in their sin, that’s why they followed their law so closely.
The irony is that they didn’t know they were sinning;
They didn’t know they were corrupt.  They didn’t know they were blind.
And they refused to listen to Jesus when he tried to reveal the truth to them.
 
The one thing I don’t want to hear as I’m hovering over and watching my funeral proceedings,
watching my family, my brother priests, watching people filing past my casket….
the one thing I don’t want to hear anyone say or even think is
“poor Monsignor Enzweiler.  He died in his sin.
He went through life oblivious to his shortcomings and faults.
It was obvious he had a problem with anger but he never did anything about it.
He drove people away from the church by his self-righteousness and lack of charity.
He was blind to the problems he caused and the people he hurt.
He was often condescending, belittled those he didn’t like, and cruel to those he disagreed with.
He was offensive in his speech and harbored ill will toward anyone who tried to correct him.
He was hypocritical, bragged about his accomplishments, and pompous.
He was a bigot, he lacked pastoral sensitivity, and close-minded.
Poor Monsignor Enzweiler.  He died in his sin.”
 
I don’t want to die in my sin.  This is where you come in.
I hereby commission you to make sure this doesn’t happen.
It is your mission to make sure I don’t die in my sin
and I accept the responsibility of making sure you don’t die in your sin.
Confront me about my sin (gently if possible) and I will confront you about your sin.
 
“Save us from our sin, O Lord, that we might have life with you forever.  Amen!”