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: 
Thu, 12/01/2016
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

There are consequences to our actions in this world…..to our decisions and choices, our words.
Some are immediate; some are made known over the long haul.
A sign of maturity, a sign of character and integrity, is taking responsibility for what we set into motion.
 
There are also consequences to God’s actions in this world.
God’s intended consequence is the salvation of humanity.
God’s intended consequence is the victory of goodness over evil and sin…
…the liberation of the human soul from everything that interferes with God’s plan.
 
During this Season of Advent, as we prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of the Messiah,
we recall, we celebrate the consequences of divine intervention
and we renew our hope and our trust
that what the coming of Jesus Christ into this world has set into motion
will continue to guide us and our world to the promised future: the fullness of the Kingdom of God
 
We find comfort in knowing that present day difficulties will not last forever.
Not because we can control human history but because our hope/trust is directed toward God.
He will assist us along the way.  He will not leave us to our own devices.
He will continue to remind us that it is not our ways and our wants
that bring about the promised future (this is the very thing that got Adam and Eve in trouble).
God’s plan will be fulfilled by His ways;  not our ways, not human ways.
 
The scriptures we hear in the Season of Advent are filled with visions and prophecies.
We hear Jesus encouraging his disciples but also warning them not to be deceived
about what the future holds.
Some expectations are worthy of trust; hold on to them tightly.
Some expectations are folly and the result of misunderstanding and misinterpretation;
these are without merit and need to be seen for what they are and abandoned.
 
Today’s Gospel message:  only those who do the will of the Father
will share in that future promised by Jesus Christ.
And if you want to know the will of the Father,
you must both listen to and act upon the words Jesus speaks.
For there is no salvation by association.
In other words, when we get to the pearly gates and we say “let me in….Jesus was my friend”
St. Peter will say “that’s nice…but did you follow his example and remain obedient to the Father’s will?”
 
As human beings we are stubborn, selfish, willful creatures.
Because of comfort, pride, ego…we think we know what is best, want things to happen in a certain way.
So we take it upon ourselves to manipulate people and circumstances.
We attempt to master and control and even alter nature to accommodate our wants.
We try to perpetuate, prolong, eternalize what feels good. 
And to an equal if not greater extent, we try to minimize what is frustrating and complicated.
 
We are challenged during Advent to acknowledge these tendencies
and confront them in light of the Gospel.
We are summoned to embrace a redeemed humanity, where God’s ways rule.
It is the greatest act of human freedom to surrender our will and embrace God’s will.
 
Our prayer for today:  “O Lord, give me a new heart, one that is not deceived by self-generated desires… one that is willing and not willful.  Give me new sight, that I may see with greater clarity Jesus Your Son.  Give me new patience that I may wait for and trust in a divine future that has not yet been made known.  Amen!”