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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Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Date: 
Sat, 02/21/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

We are here to celebrate Jesus’ victory over Satan.
While spending 40 days in the desert, Jesus remains faithful, resists all temptation.
He exorcised demons as part of his healing ministry.
He is raised up, freed from the darkness, the chains of death,
and given a life that is greater than death.
Satan is defeated.  Jesus is triumphant over evil.
 
When we are baptized,
and then every Easter when we renew our baptismal promises,
we chose to align ourselves with Jesus Christ,
to submit to his rule over our lives.
Why?  Because we are not victorious over Satan.
We can never be victorious over Satan.
Sometimes we fight the good battle
but our human will, our human strength is not enough to break the bonds of sin.
 
We are not doomed in our weakness.
Jesus offers us, invites us, to be part of his victory.
He adopts us as brothers and sisters, members of his own family
and basically says to us “what is mine is yours”.
“But” he says “you cannot remain in your sin.  You must reject sin.
You must allow me to lead you out of darkness into the light of truth.
You must allow me to instruct you in my ways.
You must let go of and move away from egoism and hedonistic inclinations,
move away from selfishness and exaggerated self-importance;
move away from all that is false, ungodly, all that is contrary to love.
You must die to the ways of the world before I can raise you up
to a new life of grace.”
 
No matter what we may choose to give up this Lent
it is of no account unless what we do impels us to give up sin.
Our fasting, our almsgiving, our sacrifices, our prayer
are meant to bring us to a greater awareness of our wickedness,
our transgressions, and our iniquity
and stir up within us a greater resolve to flee from our slavery to them….
and then cause us open our eyes and our minds to the salvation God offers.
 
People always say we fall into sin…as if it were an unintentional accident.
We don’t fall into sin—we dive into sin.
 
“Help us, O Lord, to despise and detest our sin.
Help us to find new delight in You.  Amen!”