The Church of Saint Agnes

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Memorial of Saint Augustine

Date: 
Mon, 08/28/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

As a priest, one of the concerns I have
is the fear of misguiding other human beings:  leading them astray,
promoting something that is not true,
misinforming someone especially about something having to do
with God and/or with the salvation of one’s soul.
 
I hope I have not come across as someone who says
“accept everything I preach without questioning it”.
It is true that I try not to be careless with my words.
But precision isn’t truth.
As a matter of fact, when it comes to God, to the divine, precision isn’t possible.
I can be precise about church teaching.
I can say “this is what is found in the Catechism” or “this is what was proclaimed by Pope John Paul II” or “this is found in Scripture” or “this was practiced in Church tradition”.
 
But God is mystery…will always remain unknown to some degree.
I can come up with a good description, an informed explanation,
a sound understanding based on the current limits of language
but I know that how I explain the reality of God and grace and salvation will always be lacking.
 
If you accept everything I say without question
then you have deprived yourselves the process of searching out adequate answers…
of understanding how the Church gets from statement A to statement B…
or why it is important to consider certain historical developments
as the Church worked out and continues to work out theological conundrums, difficulties.
 
Likewise, it is sad and misguided when those who hold official offices in the Church say
“do not question my authority about this or that matter”.
Most of the time questions asked have little to do with authority.
For me anyway, questions have to do with competence, motivation, hypocrisy,
inconsistency, consequence, logic, common sense, over-confidence,
insensitivity, acknowledgement of limitations, purposeful exclusion.
 
I seldom question authority of one’s office.
I question the responsible exercise of that authority
I question the person’s arrogance, their lack of understanding,
and their unwillingness to explain their conclusions, judgments, and decisions.
 
Jesus passes judgment on the religious leaders of his time.
They are unaware, short-sighted, misguided, and give importance to less unimportant matters.
They are most concerned about following human laws
and have lost touch with the ultimate goal in life, which is…..loving God.
They are most concerned with monitoring the expected actions and response of others
that they fail to accurately assess their own relationship with God.
They are most concerned with outer appearance, prestige, and public recognition
that they lose touch with what is going on in their own hearts.
In other words, they are good at pointing out the sin of others
while at the same time have become blind to and actually deny their own sin.
The religious leaders retaliate by forcefully removing Jesus from their midst.
 
The Pharisees and scribes are not doing the will of God; they are serving their own human ends.
 
Today’s prayer:  “O Lord, direct my thoughts and my heart to what is important to You.  Help me to grow in self-awareness and understanding that I might know the difference between what I want and what You want.  Inspire me to choose what fulfills Your plan instead of my own. Amen!”