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: 
Sat, 04/08/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

As we stand at the threshold of Holy Week, we do so in hope.
Through the coming week we will follow Christ,
we will journey with him through his passion, death or the cross, and his rising from the dead.
We shift away from a focus on our sinfulness
and give our attention to what Jesus endured.
We stand by his side; observe his responses to the work of human wickedness.
We ponder what all this means for our Christian lives.
 
The prophet Ezekiel provides insight as to what God is doing.
God knows what he is doing and knows why it has to be done.
Human understanding, however, is limited.
According to a human way of thinking, it doesn’t make sense.
Why does someone who is innocent, who has done nothing but good,
have to suffer at the hands of the wicked?
 
Somehow, some way, the activity of God unifies his people.
Those who are of God will be brought together, not just geographically,
but with regards to meaning and purpose.
There will be one shepherd.
What is accomplished and what will be accomplished
will both require and promote the unity of Christians.
Any and all private interpretations of the mystery of faith
are evaluated by and must pass the test of authoritative communal verification.
 
The activity of God will turn the hearts and minds of his people
away from idolatry, away from unfaithfulness,
away from that which is disgusting, distasteful, repugnant.
Idolatry has to do with accepting and embracing and pursuing what is false,
what is illusion, what is pretend, what is counterfeit.
 
The activity of God will free his people from their defection, from their abandonment,
from their desertion from His ways, His purposes, His mission.
The activity of God will cleanse His people, wash away what is impure;
He will purify them, remove what is undesirable, what takes away from life.
The activity of God will bring peace.
And the activity of God will result in the establishment of a sanctuary,
a consecrated place, a place of refuge and protection, a place of worship.
The activity of God will be seen by non-believers through the witness of His people…
this witness will cause unbelievers to conclude that God is holy.
 
One of the major objectives of this Season of Lent is to come to know what it means to practice our faith.
How do we live out our faith in such a way that it is recognized? 
….in such a way that non-practicing Christians and non-believers alike conclude that God is holy?
 
The answer has to do with unity, loyalty, the absence of duplicity and hypocrisy.
It has to do with purity of mind and heart, avoiding participation in that which is disgusting, repugnant.
It has to do with recognizing, acknowledging, and respecting the sanctuary…
the sacred and holy places and times…setting aside sacred places and times…
protecting them from secular, worldly misuse.
 
Today’s prayer:  “O Lord, help me to appreciate Your activity in this world and in my life.  As I re-commit myself to a life of faith, give me a new spirit.  May my everyday activities be inspired and guided by an intentional desire on my part to practice my faith in Your Son Jesus Christ.  Amen!”