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 Saint Francis Xavier

Date: 
Sat, 12/03/2016
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

We can learn something about Advent
by considering one of the technological marvels of our modern age:  the Chunnel.
It’s a tunnel that carries high speed trains between England and France.
It is 31 miles long and travels under the sea, under the English Channel.
This marvel of human ingenuity proves:
great things can be accomplished when cooperation replaces competition.
France and England began digging, each from their own country.
Of major concern was the question:  “Could they actually meet somewhere in the middle?”
The day finally arrived.  The two tunnels were ready to merge into one.
The air was filled with excitement.  A small bore hole was cut. 
Were their calculations going to be accurate?  Would months in the mud and damp pay off?
Everyone held their breath. 
Cries of relief, shouts of victory went up as the drill bit broke through.
The on-site engineers peered into the opening.
What they saw confirmed their hopes:  they saw a human face staring back at them:  SMILING!
 
During Advent we remember, we bring back into our spiritual awareness
that God, through Jesus Christ, is building up the Kingdom of Heaven.
We, as God’s people, are awaiting its completion.
But our waiting isn’t passive where we sit around, try to stay out of trouble,
until God breaks through completely into our world.
 
Our waiting is active.  As God works on His side we are expected to work on our side:
getting our hands dirty, preparing ourselves and our world,
putting into place, as best we can, an order, a structure, a mode and manner of being,
(both personally and universally) congruent with the Kingdom.
Eventually our world and God’s Kingdom will merge into one.
 
We have been given a set of plans, given a vision of what is to be accomplished.
And we are expected to work toward a common goal. 
This goal is ahead of us, not behind us. We are to move forward.
 
Our labors do not primarily entail buildings and institutions. Our labors are to be directed toward people. 
With the inner resources of compassion, graciousness, kindness and generosity
with the tools of self-sacrifice, humility, concern
we are to seek out the lost and abandoned, the wandering and the aimless…
…help them find their way to the satisfying waters of meaning and purpose;
…help them to reconnect with, to restore them to, the dignity of their own humanity;
…help them to reconcile their sordid past, their ignorant, foolish, reckless, thoughtless pursuits
with God’s offer of love, forgiveness, harmony and peace.
Our labors entail sowing the seeds of goodness, cultivating growth in virtue,
removing the weeds of injustice, greed, corruption, oppression.
 
On that day, when heaven meets earth, God will be looking for fruitfulness.
It will be a day of great joy.  Our calculations will prove themselves.
All our Christian hopes will be confirmed.  The veil separating heaven and earth will be lifted.
What we see will assure us: our labors were not in vain.
For we will see the face of God…smiling upon us.
 
Our prayer for today:  “O Lord, help us to believe, that with the passing of each day heaven is getting closer, not farther away.  As we work on this side to fulfill Your plan, keep our hearts focused on the long term success of this endeavor.  Keep us from giving way to discouragement.  Renew and sustain our faith in Your Son Jesus as we wait and work.  Amen!”