The Church of Saint Agnes

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Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena

Date: 
Sat, 04/29/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the fundamental event upon which Christian faith rests.
The third commandment “Keep holy the Sabbath day” which is Saturday
merges with commemorating the Day of Resurrection…the first day of the week….Sunday.
(Aside: How many of us in our thinking and conversation say “Monday is the 2nd day of the week?”)
 
Looking at the big picture, the existence of time itself ,
we are faced with the mystery of its origins and its destiny: 
when and how did time begin and where is it taking us?  The passing of time is called history.
There are people who actually think about these things:  philosophers, scientists.
The Catholic Church sees and understands the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the fulcrum of time.
The middle part of history.  The central part upon which these two ends balance….like a teeter totter.
It is the turning point in all of history.
 
In the fourth century this saying came into use:  “The Lord’s day is the lord of days.”
Sunday, the day of resurrection is the Christian day.  It is the fundamental feast day of Christianity.
It reveals to us and reminds us of time’s deepest meaning.
Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord, is at the center of the meaning of time.  He is the turning point.
Sunday is the most important day of the week for the Christian…and not because it’s the weekend.
And even though we celebrate Eucharist throughout the week,
the obligation imposed by the community is to gather as one, as the Body of Christ, on Sunday.
 
For any daily Mass attender, it is important not to conclude that weekday celebrations
are more solemn and meaningful for us because they are quiet, with little singing,
with fewer disruptions and noise.  On week days, there are seldom little ones present who cry out.
There are seldom there people who are unsettled.
 
Sunday is the most solemn and meaningful gathering of God’s people.
I like to think of it this way:  Moses led the Israelites through the desert.
600,000 men excluding women and children.
It is estimated that there were 2.5 million Hebrews who were freed from Egyptian slavery.
2.5 million people stretched out…walking.
You had people in the front of the pack and you had people in the back of the pack
….then you had the stragglers.  Some were eager.  Some were dragging their feet.
Sunday is the day when those ahead slow down and stop so that those behind can catch up...
regroup.  Remember:  we’re in this together.
Our personal spiritual welfare and the spiritual welfare of this community are equally important.
Without those in front of the pack, those in the back of the pack would never find their way.
 
Every Sunday, the day of resurrection, is a new beginning.
It is the day we launch our lives, like a boat leaving the shore, leaving the dock.
When on the sea of life there are storms with dark clouds, fierce winds and flashing lightening.
We can hardly see where we are.  Sometimes we don’t even know in what direction we are travelling.
But no matter how far away from the shore we get, no matter how tired we are becoming,
fighting and enduring the storms, no matter how frightened we may become…
late Saturday night we find ourselves back at the shoreline, back in safe harbor,
back home in the safety and security of knowing the Risen Lord is with us….is with all of us.
 
It all comes down to how we understand ourselves as a community of faith.
On Sunday, the day of resurrection, in this sacred space, in this place where heaven meets earth,
sinners turn to God and return to God.
And instead of saying to others “be quiet, you are disturbing my prayers”
we should be saying “do not be afraid….of being silent before God.
Do not be afraid of presenting your life before the Lord.
Do not be afraid to trust in the Lord, to surrender, to commit.”
Today’s prayer:  “O Lord, You are the beginning, and You are the end, of Time.  You are time itself.  You give us Jesus Christ Your son who sees us safely through time to the end of our earthly journey. 
Help us to begin anew every Sunday.  Help us to know when and where to turn along the way.  And help all our endings to be graceful and grace filled.  Amen!”