The Church of Saint Agnes

1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

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Tuesday after Epiphany

Date: 
Tue, 01/06/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

We live in a land and within a culture of prosperity.
It is telling that in our day it is not a news item
when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure
but it is news when the stock market loses several points.
Many are thrilled when a company offers something new to purchase
but then when they see the poor, the destitute, the marginalized, they fail to be moved.
They have forgotten how to feel pity.
 
Pope Francis takes issue with the effects of such a culture.
He says “…we end up being incapable of feeling compassion
at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling the need to help them,
as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own”.
 
In these days after the Epiphany,
the church continues to celebrate the many ways
Christ has made himself known to the world.
His teaching and preaching reveal him to be a man of great wisdom.
His healing reveals him to have the power and desire to overcome human suffering and pain.
His feeding of the multitude reveals him to be one who feels compassion
at the sight of people who are like sheep without a shepherd,
at the sight of people who are lacking something with regards to life.
They in turn are willing to follow him
even when he journeys to out of the way places.
 
Are we willing to do the same?
….follow him believing he has something we need,
something our world, our culture does not provide?
Do we believe his compassion is so great
that he is willing to accept us and watch over us
like a shepherd does his sheep?
Do we believe him when he says “you too will do these things
teaching, healing, feeding….and greater things besides?
 
Jesus has not come to entertain the world…provide a show….be some kind of spectacle.
Jesus has not come to twist arms or win followers through deceit or manipulation.
As Messiah Jesus brings to the nations, offers to the world what it needs, not what it wants.
And what does the world need?  TRUTH!
His plan, his intention, his desire is to reach people, all people,
so as to reveal the truth of divine goodness, mercy and generosity
especially as these pertain to the poor, the destitute, the marginalized.
 
In today’s Gospel Jesus manifests God’s love and concern for people,
for meeting their basic human needs.
God cares not only for the spiritual needs of people.
God cares about their basic physical needs as well.
 
Let us pray for enlightenment… that we might grow in our understanding of who Jesus is.
And grow in our willingness to go forth from ourselves and contribute to the good of others.