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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7th Week of Easter

Date: 
Tue, 05/19/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

“It is time.”  Jesus turns to the Father in prayer and says “it is time”.
In a way, Jesus voices this prayer for the sake of his disciples, for our sake.
The Father already knows “it is time”,
time for the Son to return to the glory of the Father.
 
The purpose for which Jesus has come into the world is accomplished.
He has fulfilled his task.
He has revealed the truth about God’s presence, God’s love, and God’s activity.
Some have readily and eagerly received this revelation, i.e., the disciples.
Some have not believed, have rejected and even hated Jesus.
These people are called “the world”.
Jesus came to the world for the good of its salvation.
Jesus came to all people to show the way to eternal life.
 
And since Jesus knows that as he returns to the Father the disciples will remain,
will continue to live in the world, to live among unbelievers,
some of whom will hate the disciples as much as they hated Jesus….
Jesus prays for their continued protection, faithfulness to the mission…
that they will remain steadfast and dedicated.
Jesus prays that the Father will continue the work, the conversion
Jesus set into motion in their lives.
“Continue this process of sanctification…” Jesus prays.
This process entails growth in wisdom and understanding.
It entails the transformation of heart and mind.
It entails transcending the physical, material world….
rising above human patterns of existence to divine patterns of existence
as these are revealed by Jesus himself.
 
Remember the parable about the wheat and the weeds.
They are to grow together, remain together, until the time of harvest.
Jesus’ prayer is that the wheat, the disciples, will remain firmly rooted
and not be choked off by the weeds, overwhelmed by the weeds.
 
In a recently released study by the Pew Foundation re: America’s Changing Religious Landscape
there is a growing number of people who mark “none” when asked about religious affiliation.
According to the study this is due to “generational replacement”.
Young people are becoming less and less affiliated with religion in general
and Christianity specifically.
What was important to previous generations is not important for the current generation.
Making and living according to religious distinctions like “wheat” and “weeds”,
like “heaven” and “hell” is lost to the younger generation.
The temptation might be to despair.  But despair does nothing to nurture and sustain the wheat.
 
“It’s time.”  The Father knows “it’s time”.   It’s time for us glorify Jesus Christ….
time for us to show the world, the unbelievers, that we believe.
Let us stand in the Son.  Let us remain in the Son.