The Church of Saint Agnes

1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

The Church of Saint Agnes
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Memorial of Saint Lucy

Date: 
Tue, 12/13/2016
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Do any of these words sound familiar:  rebellion, reluctance, opposition, unwillingness,
stubbornness, aversion, refusal, hostility, avoidance, stalling, dodging, circumventing,
hesitation, defiance?
What immediately comes to mind, my mind anyway, is a child:
testing the waters, stretching the boundaries, seeking independence,
challenging authority, questioning the rules, asserting individuality,
compromising unity and relationship, order and peace in order to get my way,
in order to get what I want.  I deserved to get what I want.
I have the right to get what I want.  I will go to any length to get what I want.
 
Through the Old Testament, the children of God waited a long time
for the coming of the Messiah.
Over and over again prophets called them to vigilance:
be watchful.  Do not grow slack.
Foster in your hearts a longing, a yearning for the Lord.
Be eager and expectant.  Remain faithful.
 
As we wait for the celebration of the Nativity of Christ
our scripture readings confront us with a sad reality:
when the Messiah finally arrived and dwelt among God’s people
those commissioned to receive and welcome him, the religious leaders,
did not respond as expected:
instead of opening their arms with delight, they closed their hearts with contempt.
And those who were considered spiritually blind and hence unable to see the truth
actually saw what was happening and received Jesus with great joy.
 
What is the sign that we accept Jesus Christ into our lives?
The sign is not love.  It is not prayer or piety.  The sign is not necessarily being in Jesus’ company.
The sign is obedience…..doing what Jesus commands.
The way of righteousness is more than perceiving God in thought or even vision.
It entails hearing the commands of God, studying them and observing them.
This is the true meaning of “seeking the Lord.”
 
On the lower end of the spectrum is obedience motivated by fear.
If I don’t do what Jesus commands I will suffer perdition.
On the higher end of the spectrum is obedience motivated by love.
I do what Jesus commands because of my love for him.
On the highest end of the spectrum is obedience motivated by love and understanding.
I do what Jesus commands because I love him and I know why I love him;
I love him because I know who he is.  I know why he came.
I understand his place in God’s created order of things.
I understand my need for what he offers: salvation which comes through forgiveness of sins.
I understand that on my own I cannot attain entry into the Kingdom.
I understand that without Christ I cannot attain and experience
the happiness, the joy, the fullness of my human life.
 
Advent is a time for us to take responsibility for our growth in Christian maturity.
There are always new and different ways to receive Jesus Christ into our lives.
If we are not actively “seeking the Lord” then we are on the wrong path.
 
Our prayer for today:  “O Lord, strengthen the foundations of my faith.  Make them firm and unshakable.  Help me to use every resource at my disposal as a means of promoting spiritual growth and advancing along the path of life that leads to Your glory.  Amen!”