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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22nd Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Tue, 09/02/2014
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

It seems that evil has the upper hand in our world.
In response, people, even Christians, fall into despair and discouragement,
become overwhelmed by hopelessness,
and allow fear to become the prevailing thrust out of which life is lived.
 
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like living in fear.
I don’t like the experience of despair and hopelessness.
These constrain the human spirit.
They contribute to unhappiness, misery, and strained human relationships.
 
We need to be reminded of the Good News:
the mission of Jesus Christ is one of liberation and restoration.
In word and deed, Jesus announces the coming of the reign of God.
Through Jesus a new reality has entered into human history,
and new possibility with regards to life comes into being.
As God’s redeeming presence in the flesh
Jesus fulfills a long awaited promise.
God’s people waited for centuries to be liberated from powers contrary to God.
 
Jesus’ activity in today’s Gospel reveal the desire of God and the power of God.
At the word of Jesus, evil is brought into submission.
And with Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection, God is victorious over evil.
 
In response to this Good News
we raise our voices and proclaim “Jesus is Lord!”
And we pray every day “may your kingdom come, O Lord.”
 
We are summoned today to reclaim the confidence and conviction of our faith.
Yes, evil exists and it will somehow affect our lives today.
But grace and holiness and goodness also exist.
And we must keep these in the forefront of our minds
and bring them to bear on our situations and experiences.
 
New life.  Jesus has come into the world to bring new life.
Life in communion with God.
Life that is whole and fulfilling and holy.
Life that is courageous and bold and resolute.
 
“Help us, O Lord, to stand firm in our faith.  May the power of your goodness keep our expectations great and our ambition rooted in the victory of the Cross.  Amen!”