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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Memorial of Saint Philip Neri

Date: 
Tue, 05/26/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Discipleship is a way of living in the world.
To be a disciple there needs to be a teacher, a master.
For us, that is Jesus Christ.
The teacher has something the disciple wants, desires, seeks:
knowledge, conduct, understanding, wisdom.
The disciple deliberately entrusts his/her mind and heart to the Master.
A bond is established between the two.
As a way of comparison, the disciple is not a slave to the master.
Nor is the disciple to become a carbon copy of the master.
There is independence, freedom and dignity in the arrangement.
 
Discipleship is more than a student/teacher connection.
There is fellowship between the two.
Yes, learning takes place, there is an exchange of knowledge,
but just as important is the love, the intimacy, the care and concern
of disciple by the teacher and of the teacher by the disciple.
 
When we chose to follow Jesus Christ
we are choosing to participate in the truth of who he is.
His existence, his being, his love
awakens within us a desire to love, a desire to be connected in return.
As the relationship grows Jesus becomes part of us and we become part of him.
As a disciple of Jesus we believe he is present and active within us.
 
The love of Christ the teacher transforms us,
draws us more deeply and completely into the fullness of our humanity,
allows us to become who God created us to be.
Besides love, our connection to Christ entails
openness, commitment, authenticity, supportiveness, growth, maturity.
We know there is progress, there is development in this relationship
when we are able to joyfully be ourselves in the presence of Christ.
 
Jesus’ words today are meant to be encouragement for us,
for all those who attach themselves to him, for all those who follow him.
To the world, those who follow Jesus seem foolish
for the disciple resists attachment to and accumulation of material wealth and riches.
For the disciple, comfort, satisfaction, fulfillment, and purpose are spiritual matters.
 
It is a challenge to become and remain a disciple of Jesus Christ.
This way of living requires and demands many sacrifices.
I would be so bold as to say if there is no sacrifice in our lives for the sake of what we believe,
then there is no discipleship either.
 
Jesus reminds us:  those who are first in this world will be last in the next.
Those who are last in this world, will be first in the next.
The faithful disciple, in this world, will be rich in loving relationships.
And in the next world will be blessed with riches beyond imagining.
 
We are disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Let us rejoice and be glad.