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 of Saints Timothy and Titus

Mon, 01/26/2015
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

The fruit of a tree is good
when it is ripe, edible, sweet, nourishing, and unblemished.
Most if not all people of sound mind would agree with this statement.
On a philosophical level
the good is that which is ordered, whole, healthy, virtuous, beautiful.
Within a religious context
the good is that which is of God, that which corresponds to God’s will.
And from a Christian perspective
the good is that which is revealed to the world through Jesus Christ.
To be good is to answer Jesus summons to participate in the kingdom of God.
To accept God’s rule over one’s life is good.
To orient one’s life toward the coming of the promised Kingdom is good.
Works of love and mercy that show the lordship of Jesus over one’s life are good.
To act spontaneously in showing love to others (especially the needy and the poor)
and to seek no reward…is good.
And one of the greatest goods is to see Christ is others.
Are we zealous for the good? Do we desire the good?  Can we recognize the good?
Do we pursue the good, or do we just wait to see if good comes our way
and then complain to God when it doesn’t.
I believe the ultimate meaning of our lives is to be found
in the tension that exists and the battle that is fought between good and evil.
Many in today’s world attribute evil to a lack of scientific knowledge and insight.
For the Christian, evil is a destructive force, a reality, that acts contrary to God.
The very mission of Jesus Christ is to save our world from the power of evil:
from sin and darkness and death.
Over and over again Jesus literally frees people from evil.
As we live our lives, as we make choices, judgments, responses and the like
the most important factor upon which to base any and all action is to ask:
“is this good or is this evil?”
And as a side note, to choose a lesser good when a greater good is available,
is not to choose evil.
Think about how many times people are accused of being evil
because they do not choose what “I” have chosen
or going back to my initial statement about fruit
because they choose blemished or unripe fruit.
To stand silent in the face of evil is to deny our Christian, our Catholic identity.
God dreams of a world free from the power of evil.
May God’s dream become our hope.