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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6th Week of Easter

Fri, 05/15/2015
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

I was visiting Judy Reinersman last night at the hospital.
At the moment she is stable but she isn’t able to communicate.
I noticed on the wall in her room one of those modern day pain scales.
In professional terms it’s known as a “universal pain assessment tool”…
a series of smiley faces that progressively indicate pain.
0 = no pain;  2 = mild pain; 4 = moderate pain (with a blue face);
6 = moderate pain (with a red face);  8 = severe pain;  10 = worst pain possible.
Officially it’s called the Wong-Baker Facial Grimace Scale.
With regards to labor pain
it is said that the human body can bear only up to 45 del units of pain.
Yet at the time of giving birth a mother feels up to 57 del units of pain.
This is similar to 20 bones getting fractured at the same time.
Jesus announces his departure.
He tells his disciples that they will experience pain after he is gone.
Severe pain.  The pain of having 20 bones broken at the same time.
But he assures them:  I will return.
And when I return your pain will be no more.
As you can imagine the disciples shift from asking
“where are you going Lord?” to “how long will you be gone?”
The real kicker in this is that while the disciples are experiencing this severe pain
the world will not be in pain.
And the only reason the disciples will be feeling this pain
is because they are doing as Jesus instructed them and commanded them.
Pain comes to us in a variety of ways: physical, mental, spiritual, relational.
The greater the pain the greater the desire for relief.
Our tolerance levels vary but eventually we can all get to a point
where we are willing to sell our very souls to be free of pain.
It is also possible to become so intolerant of any pain
that we do whatever is necessary to keep ourselves anesthetized.
As we live our Christian lives we can expect to feel pain, discomfort, uneasiness.
Tuesday evening at the men’s CRHP formation meeting
we discussed the difficulty of doing good, of doing the right thing.
Sometimes we think that doing good should be easy.
But it’s not. Sometimes it’s very painful and very complicated.
A question to ask ourselves:  do I avoid the pain of true discipleship?
Jesus’ promises relief from the pain.  It will all go away never to be known again
when he returns.  Life for the disciple will become painless in the messianic age.
“O Lord.  We await your return.  Do not delay!  Amen!”