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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Memorial of Saint Ambrose

Date: 
Thu, 12/07/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Do you know Jesus Christ?  Well, Alleluia!  Do you talk to Jesus Christ? Praise the Lord!
Do you think about Jesus Christ?  Glory Be!  Are you thankful for Jesus Christ?  Praise His holy name!
Do you listen to his story?  Awesome!  Do you sing his praise?  The Savior reigns!
Do you call out to him in need?  Lord, have mercy!  Are you delighted by his miracles?  Amen!
 
Congratulations.  If you do all these things, you have built your spiritual house on sand.
Not such a good thing.  It will be washed away with the floods of life and by the force of judgment.
This spiritual house will not last unto eternity.
 
Is the living of your life based on Jesus’ word?  Do you act according to Christian love?
Are you humble in word and disposition?  Do you avoid judging your neighbor?
Do you see and remove the beam in your own eye?
Do you see yourself as a saved sinner living among other saved sinners?  Do you seek forgiveness?
Do you knock at the door of truth, wisdom and understanding?
Do you ask God for good things like patience, tolerance, generosity, courage and strength?
Do you treat others like you want to be treated?
Do you take the high road and come through the narrow gate?
Are you a fruitful vine, giving a share to the owner of the vineyard?  Are you a peacemaker?
Do you hunger and thirst for justice?  Do you show mercy to your neighbor?
Do you do the right thing when everyone else is doing the wrong thing?
Do you return good for evil?  Do you let your light shine?
Do you remain faithful to God’s commandments?  Do you seek to be reconciled with others?
Do you turn the other cheek?  Do you go the extra mile?
Do you help the poor, welcome the stranger, raise up the fallen, right the wrongs of others?
(I know, all this sounds like an examination of conscience.  In a way, it is.)
 
If you do all these things, you have built your spiritual house on a rock foundation.
It will stand the test of divine judgment.  It will last unto eternity.
Jesus will call you “good and faithful servant” and welcome you into His kingdom
for these things are all the will of the Father. 
 
To be physically close enough to Jesus to hear his voice, to engage in conversation with him,
to tell him how wonderful he us, how powerful he is; to flatter him and sing his praises,
isn’t living a gospel-centered life.
To follow him around to see his spectacular works of wonder, isn’t living a gospel-centered life.
If someone’s Christian life consists only of receiving the Sacraments of the Catholic Church,
that person is not living a gospel-centered life.
If someone’s Christian life consists in only reading the Bible,
that person is not living a gospel-centered life.
The day of judgment will not go well for such people.  Jesus will say to  “I do not know you!”
 
Simply interacting with Jesus isn’t salvation. I don’t care how long you talk to him or how often you pray.
I don’t care how pious or how devoted you are.
Not everyone who calls him “friend” will enter into His kingdom.
Not everyone who holds a high place in the church will enter into His kingdom.
 
Responding to his call to repentance, conversion, and service; humbly submitting our will to his will;
embracing and cultivating a spiritual life; emulating his generosity, his selflessness, his sacrifice,
his compassion, his forgiveness; taking up your cross and following him;
living according to his love and his truth:  these bring us to salvation, to eternal life.
 
Today’s prayer:  “O Lord, protect us from spiritual blindness.  Save us from our arrogance, our presumption, haughtiness of heart, and scorn.  Bring us to a new consciousness of what it means to live according to the ways of Your Son, Jesus Christ.  He is Lord forever and ever.  Amen!”