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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8th Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Thu, 05/28/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

“I was blind, but now I see.”
If I were to make an educated guess
I believe this became the witness of Bartimaeus.
As he travelled with Jesus, remained within the growing community of disciples,
encountered many people along the way who would no doubt inquire
“why are you following this man?”,
Bartimaeus wouldn’t hesitate in saying “I was blind, but now I see.
Jesus Christ, Son of David, opened my eyes.
I was in darkness and now I see the light.  I cried out for mercy and he heard my voice.”
Those who heard his story would understand:
it makes sense to devote yourself to someone who has had such an impact on your life.
 
What is our witness to Christ?  Why are we following him?
As we share our story how do we put into words, how do we justify
our relationship to Jesus Christ and our connection with his church?
Every story of turning to and embracing Christ
has the potential of bringing light to the world; has the potential of bringing sight to the blind.
 
Many people reject the value of religion, choose not to live religiously,
because they see the lives of religious people
and what these religious people do and say and think and proclaim doesn’t make sense.
It doesn’t make sense that a priest would sexually violate an innocent child.
It doesn’t make sense that God wants to kill his opponents.
It doesn’t make sense to refuse to dialogue with those with doubts and questions.
It doesn’t make sense to hold out for a miracle healing when a doctor is next door.
What is irrational doesn’t make sense. What is mysterious, on the other hand, can have meaning.
 
These things don’t appeal to the ordinary person.  They are not only irrelevant but offensive.
It is a sad reality when the practice of religion promotes blindness.
 
Somehow, someway, people have to be convinced: there is religious truth,
truth that is not created but discovered.
Faith and religion are not the creation of the human brain.
They are not produced by, or fully verifiable by, human thought.
They are communicated from the divine for the benefit of humanity.
God summons us to relationship with him in a way the human mind can grasp.
And such relationship imposes obligation.
 
Our witness, whatever it may be, needs to show that life with God and in God,
life in Jesus Christ, life lived according to his ways
is better, more humanizing, more meaningful, more fulfilling, more satisfying, more unifying,
more harmonizing, more helpful, more insightful, more freeing,
more conducive to peace and justice, more visionary for the future of this world,
than a life lived without faith and/or religion.
 
With the help of grace and the guidance of the Spirit, may our lives open the eyes of the blind.