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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2nd Week of Advent

Date: 
Mon, 12/05/2016
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Who?  What?  Where?  When?  Why?  How?  Six basic questions of information gathering….
….a formula for getting to the truth, for getting to the complete story on a subject.
Our subject is Jesus Christ, a religious figure who lived about 2000 years ago.
This person, this human being, plays a central part in our living and in our dying.
Somehow, someway a certain spirit has captured us, possesses us.
And so we seek knowledge and understanding by asking: who?  what? where? when? why?  how?
Can it be true?  In him are we to find the meaning of our human existence?
Is he the Answer to the question of our human lives?
 
We begin with our own personal experience:  our thoughts, feelings, our hopes and dreams,
our wants and desires, our values, our beliefs, our sense of worth, our likes and dislikes,
what works for us and what doesn’t, what we are for and what we are against.
We begin with our struggles, our difficulties, our fears, our doubts….our motivations.
 
Our scope of investigation broadens to others, those around us,
those asking the same questions, seeking similar answers,
people who over the last 2000 years have pondered.
We explore the faith story handed from generation to generation
found in both the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Scriptures.
We look at world history, the history of religions and the history of Christianity specifically.
We authenticate and reexamine accuracy of information through science:
through archeology, philosophy, common sense, reason.
We debate, we dialogue, we reflect, we pray.
 
In 20 days we will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
How will we do this now that we’ve had another year of life experience,
another year of growth and development and maturity,
another year of gains and losses, achievements and failures, grace and sin?
How will the continued de-Christianization and the increased commercialization
of our American Culture influence and determine our faith response
to what we believe is the greatest event in human history?
 
You may bark at me…say “Monsignor, TMI—too much information.
You’ve taken a simple, humble birth
and made it into something that overwhelms our already hurried lives.”
Yes, our lives are hurried, but is the life we’re currently living the best life,
the most fulfilling life, the joyful life, the good life, a fruitful life, an abundant life?
Just as the paralyzed man in today’s gospel is placed before Jesus,
on Christmas we will lay our lives as a gift before the newborn Son of God.
What do we imagine this child saying to us at such a moment?
The same thing Jesus says to people throughout his life as they present themselves to him:
“your sins are forgiven”.
The world says “big deal”.
But since we have taken the time to ask the 6 basic questions of information gathering
we know that these are the greatest, the most important words we can ever hear.
“Your sins are forgiven.”
 
Our prayer for today: “O Lord, continue to reveal to us the meaning that underlies the birth of Your Son, Jesus Christ.  Help us to believe and to know:  the greatest peace comes with the forgiveness of sin.  Amen!”