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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First Week of Advent

Date: 
Tue, 11/29/2016
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

We are blessed.   We have been given knowledge of God.
This knowledge is part of our deliverance.
There are obstacles along the path of life….we can now avoid them.
There are troubles along the path of life….we can steer clear of them.
There are challenges along the path of life….we can master them.
There are snares along the path of life….we can remain free from them.
There are misfortunes along the path of life…we can evade them.
Because we have been given knowledge of God
we can expect to reach the destination promised….the destination hoped for.
 
Because of this knowledge we know what to seek.
This knowledge filters our human experience and inspires our responses.
It helps us to understand that there is truth beyond appearance.
(So, for example, the prosperity of the wicked is an illusion.)
Because of this knowledge we know where true joy is found:
harmony of the soul is not to be found in self-sufficiency,
in personal achievement or in material gain
but in God and what God achieves, what God provides:
in health of body, mind and spirit; in virtue;
in freedom, in honor, in the good and in the beautiful.
Harmony of the soul is found in transcendence,
in the ascent of the human soul above material existence to union with God.
 
We rejoice in our knowledge of God.
It is an indication to us that what is lost because of sin is found because of grace.
We find joy in Jesus Christ….in his presence, his words, his actions, his promises.
He is part, he is involved in, he is the beginning and the end of human history.
This joy is more than a feeling.  It is the dominant mood, the central attitude of our life.
Even in the face of suffering….where the world sees punishment, we see redemption.
 
With all this being said, I don’t want to give the impression that knowledge of God is salvation.
There’s a funny thing about knowledge.  In order for it to be and to remain effective, influential,
it must be remembered; it must be recalled; it must be contemplated.
Salvation involves our intellect but we are more than what we know.
Our knowledge of God is salvific when it fosters and contributes to our understanding of God
and most importantly, when it contributes to our love for God.
 
During Advent we remember; we recall; and we re-imagine.
The future to be brought about by God, according to His promise…
in this future, blessing awaits us.
We keep the eyes of hope fixed on our Christian destiny.
Our hope also has an immediate interest.
And that is…a deeper understanding of our faith.
With Advent comes the promise of discovery
as the mystery of God unfolds before our lives.
 
Our prayer today:  “O Lord, renew me during this Season of Advent.  Draw me beyond self-imposed limits, beyond my fears, beyond my resistance….into the uncharted waters of Your Love.  Amen!”