The Church of Saint Agnes

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The Church of Saint Agnes
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Memorial of Saint Ignatius

Date: 
Mon, 10/17/2016
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

What is life about?
It isn’t about being the best you can be.
It isn’t about accumulating material possessions.
It isn’t about being king or queen of the hill.
It isn’t about pleasure and being happy.
It isn’t about social acceptance.
It isn’t about work.
It isn’t necessarily to make the world a better place.
It isn’t about having power.
It isn’t to make it to the top of the mountain.
It isn’t to find and chose one’s own way.
It isn’t to be free of stress and worry.
It isn’t about being useful.
It isn’t about making a name for yourself, or being remembered by future generations.
 
What is life about?
As conflicts arise, as questions are asked, as daily necessities make demands,
Jesus encourages his followers to ask themselves:  “what is life about?”
 
The rich man in today’s parable thought life was about eating and drinking and being merry.
He thought life was about being prosperous, about seizing the moment,
taking advantage of circumstance and situation for his own benefit.
He thought life was about preparing for tomorrow, being comfortable,
taking care of himself to the exclusion of others.
 
By his word and example Jesus reveals to his followers what life is about.
It is not only about acknowledging the reality of God, His goodness, His love.
For the follower of Jesus, life is about serving God, it is about being a servant of God.
We serve God by setting aside our own will, our own desires, our own wants, our own dreams
and embracing as our own God’s will, God’s desires, God’s wants, God’s dreams.
 
And what is God’s will?  the salvation of the world.
It is God’s will that every single person be freed from the slavery of sin
and be in loving communion with Him now and forever.
It is God’s will that the poor, the needy, the destitute, the forgotten, the outcast…
the abandoned, the sick and suffering…know and experience His love.
Jesus feeds the hungry, heals the suffering, embraces the powerless.
Life is about doing what he did.
By his word and example Jesus shows us how to serve God.
 
We serve God by serving our neighbor…
not grumpy service, not conditional service, not lip service, not half-hearted service…
but loving service….
We serve God by recognizing that blessings received are not meant to be hoarded,
not to used according to our own determination.
Our blessings are meant to be distributed to others according to their need.
Our motto needs to become: prosperity with charity.
 
“O Lord, help us to see that we are stewards of the blessings you bestow.  We do not own them:  You do.  Fill us with the wisdom needed to manage our resources according to Your will.  Amen!”