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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The Baptism of the Lord

Date: 
Mon, 01/09/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

“I am a sinner and ignorant of many things.” 
I believe that if we don’t embrace this statement as an accurate description
of our state of being in this world,
we will not listen, we will have no desire to listen, to Jesus Christ.  
Until we believe he has something to teach us about God and life,
until we accept him as the wellspring of truth,
we will dismiss his words as simply being part of the cacophony,
part of the incessant chatter within the world.
 
A lot of this chatter comes from people who think they have something to say,
and love to hear themselves speak; they’ve stumbled upon some insight,
some kernel of truth, and now they must announce it to the world, with pride no less,
thinking they have an answer everyone needs. 
All I hear is “blah, blah blah, blah blah, blah blah!”
Well, I don’t have the answer to life. I’m looking for it myself. 
I believe that answer is to be found in Jesus Christ.
 
As Catholics and Christians it is our mission, our purpose, our duty to listen to Jesus Christ. 
The goal is to learn.  This entails intellectual appropriation not as an ends,
but as a step toward acceptance by our will of what Jesus teaches
and then implementing what he teaches, carrying it out, putting it into practice.
 
The goal is to conform ourselves to Christ:  conform our mind to his mind,
our words to his words, our actions to his example. 
The goal is to fall in love with God and with God’s ways. 
The goal is to accept the whole Gospel and not just the parts we like. 
The goal is to become like Jesus in his death so that we will become like him in resurrection.
 
At the root of conforming to Christ is conversion, ongoing conversion.  Getting to the mind of God.
It involves detecting and then verifying both inner and outer evidence
that we have embraced the Christian truth. 
Obedience is evidence of accurate understanding. 
Accepting correction is evidence of accurate understanding. 
Repentance is evidence of accurate understanding. 
Making amends is evidence of accurate understanding. 
Humility, love, forgiveness, sacrifice, virtue, kindness…these are evidence of accurate understanding.  Looking away from our own existence, self-sacrifice…
choosing prayerful and active service to the Kingdom of God.
 
It starts with listening, with hearing, with discerning....and then leads to deciding and choosing. 
There is a paradox involved:  when we are speaking, we are not listening.
But then, without prayer, we will never hear.
 
Today’s prayer: “O Lord, I lend you my ears. I give you my ears. By hearing Your voice, help me to become wise in the ways of Your truth. Lead me out of darkness and away from foolishness and destruction by the light of Your Word, who is Jesus Christ. I accept him as Lord of my life. Amen!”