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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Christmas Weekday

Date: 
Sat, 01/07/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

We hold Christmas in our minds and hearts.
As the secular and popular hype fades,
as commercial interests direct attention to upcoming festivities of Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras,
spiritual interests keep us centered on the birth of the Savior.
Where the concerns of the world are shallow,
the pace keeps the rock skipping across the surface of the water,
the concerns of faith are deep.  In order to enter into the depths we stop so as to sink,
allow time to take us into the real but unseen life below the surface.
Within the mystery of the Incarnation lies the revelation of God’s love.
Where the world is satisfied with a whirlwind tour of Christmas, we exercise our freedom to linger.
Where the world races ahead, we chose to lumber,
to dedicate our attention to details, to meanings, to enjoyment.
Today we take Mary’s comment to heart:  “Do whatever (my son) tells you and you will be blessed.”
 
What God offers to us in this sacred event is to too good to pass over quickly.
It’s the difference between being satisfied with a photograph of some world wonder
as compared with actually bearing the expense of seeing it and savoring it with our own eyes.
 
As we look upon the Christmas scene depicted in the Christian Scriptures
we see for ourselves the Prince of Peace.
We see the promise of God in its fulfillment:  “I have come to bring peace.”
We see with our own eyes the blessing of God’s salvation.
It fills our minds and hearts with hope and expectation.
Peace and evil cannot co-exist.
With Jesus’ victory over evil, peace will reign.
 
What is this peace founded upon divine love?
It is the absence of hostility, the presence of kindly thoughts toward others.
It is an inner disposition with an external manifestation of personal and communal well-being.
With peace comes stability of relationship, a sense of predictability and trust.
There is a friendly alliance that allows for enjoyment, the relaxation of one’s defenses.
Trying circumstances are met with sangfroid.
[Sangfroid is a French word meaning composure, self-control, calmness.
It comes from the Latin words “sanguis” (blood) and “frigidus” (cold).
Sangfroid is the opposite response of one’s blood boiling in anger.]
True peace is more than a state of rest.  It is a solid, well-formed disposition
that cannot be overthrown by violence or misfortune.
The peaceful heart does not erupt in judgment and condemnation but emanates pardon and mercy.
 
One of the greatest disruptors of peace is conflict of desire:
conflict between human desire and God’s desire…
between one person’s desire and another person’s desire…
be it husband and wife, parent and child, neighbor and neighbor, boss and employee,
government and citizen, nation and nation.
Does this sound familiar:  two drivers want the same parking spot; two shoppers what the same item.
 
Underneath the Christmas story is a divine striving
to overcome the distance between God and human caused by sin.
We do not remain passive in this endeavor.
We too strive to overcome the sin that separates us from God and one another. 
 
Our prayer today:  “O Lord, fill us with a passion for the peace You give in Jesus, Your Son.  As his disciples, help us to accept the duty of peace, to make the sacrifices necessary for peace, and to work to meet the demands of peace.  Amen!”
 

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