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: 
Fri, 05/22/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

(This inspirational story was recounted by nurse who worked in a hospital.)  A little girl named Liz was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only chance of recovery was a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother. He had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.
 
The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. The boy hesitated only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes I'll do it if it will save her."
 
As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled.  He could see the color returning to his sister’s cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away".
 
Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.
 
 
In a way, I believe Peter didn’t understand the words spoken to him by Jesus.
By now, after seeing, hearing, touching Jesus risen from the dead,
Peter was convinced that this was the Son of God.
He was also sure of the love in his heart for the Lord.
Peter knew his life was changing.  But the future was unwritten.
I’m sure he remembered what Jesus told him that day…
“someone else will dress you
someone else will lead you where you do not want to go”
but not until they happened did Peter make the connections.
 
The moment he confessed and professed his love for Jesus
Peter started to die…not physically but spiritually and socially and personally.
Jesus places on Peter’s shoulders a great responsibility:
“shepherd my flock”.  Jesus appoints him as his successor.
Peter’s life was no longer his own.
Because of his love, he was willing to do whatever was necessary
for the good of the flock and the good of the faith.
 
I would say all of us confess and profess some degree of love for Jesus Christ.
What have we done and what are we willing to do in response to this love?
When we become Christian, when we accept our baptism for what it is,
what is good for the flock and the faith become important factors in our living.
In some sense, our lives are no longer our own.
We are not shepherds, per se, but we can certainly feed others, tend to others,
freely and lovingly give to others what we have and they don’t have but need.
 
Realizing and believing that faith brings salvation, are we willing, like the little brother,
to provide a transfusion of our faith into places where faith currently doesn’t exist? 
Have no doubt, if we make such a choice, we will start to die right away.