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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Tuesday of Holy Week

Date: 
Tue, 03/31/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

I am not God.  You are not God.
We are finite creatures.
Our lives are incomplete and full of suffering.
In faith we accept God’s offer of salvation.
In faith we admit:  we need the redemption won for us by the cross of Jesus Christ.
We believe that in Jesus Christ, God has acted with great love and great mercy,
and provides for the human race deliverance from the effects of sin.
We submit to baptism as a faith response.
Baptism is the expression of our desire to live in Christ.
 
According to the scriptures salvation provides both present and future benefits.
In the present reality of life salvation bestows upon us:  liberation from the slavery of sin,
liberation from slavery to the Law;
liberation from slavery to the devil;
new creation and rebirth; 
justification; 
possession of the Spirit;
adoption by God as his children;
fellowship with God; 
truth, life, light, peace, joy.
In the promised future salvation provides deliverance on the Day of the Lord, 
eternal life in the world to come.
 
The great paradox of our Catholic faith
is that the death of the Son of God on the cross is our promise of eternal life.
The death of Jesus on the cross was no accident.
It is part of God’s divine plan to restore the world to its created destiny.
Somehow our destiny is tied to the cross.
As we look at what the world rejects as folly
we are moved to believe in the depth of God’s love.
 
Implied in the cross are necessary consequences for our behavior and our living.
It is here Jesus teaches us the greatest lessons and the most difficult aspects of faith.
To follow him requires suffering, self-abandonment, self-sacrifice and powerlessness.
This is the stuff that makes us Christian.
To make the cross a part of our lives, to embody the cross in our own lives
requires that we embrace a resolve to do God’s will
and that we accept obedience to God as the central impulse of our decisions and choices.
Not the easiest of things to do
and yet we dare to hope, to take refuge, in the mystery of Jesus’ death.
 
“Help us, O Lord, to conform ourselves to the cross, that we might die with your Son and rise with him to new life.  Amen!”