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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4th Week of Advent

Date: 
Sat, 12/24/2016
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

God has built us a house to live in.
…not this church.  This church is the house we have built for God.
And we would be wise to take to heart the caution Samuel voices to King David.
It doesn’t take much to puff up the human ego with pride
when it comes to what we believe we have accomplished.
Samuel redirects King David’s ambitions.
“Don’t glory in what you think you can do for God. Glory in what God does for you.”
 
And what has God done for us?  God has built us a house to live in.
This house is named “Goodness”. 
We are called to live in, to dwell in, to find our home in, goodness.
This goodness is poured out from above.
It is a life-giving spring whose source is God.
We usually don’t think of it this way…but the commands of God are a summons to goodness.
It is the goodness of God that leads to conversion of the human heart.
God is not stingy.  The human disposition of stinginess is contrary to dwelling in goodness.
 
Through Advent we have been preparing ourselves to draw close to and to look upon
the greatest manifestation of God’s goodness:  the Incarnation.
The Son of God born as a helpless, vulnerable baby.
We not only draw close to this new-born Savior to look upon this goodness
we present ourselves to him as an offering, a gift.  We unite ourselves to him.
We cling to him.  We cling to the goodness of God come into this world.
We invest ourselves in his goodness….give ourselves…commit ourselves.
The created goodness is us is attracted to this outpouring of God’s goodness.
In him we find a radically new possibility of life:  a life of goodness.
Imagine a world where everyone becomes aware of goodness,
had a desire to live in goodness,
does everything in their power to rid themselves of what is contrary to goodness.
 
Christmas is a celebration of the goodness of God expressed in Jesus Christ.
Goodness is the content of the life of a Christian.
The Christian becomes the goodness of God in this world.
 
We take this time to renew our confidence in the goodness of God.
We take this time to reawaken our belief in the goodness of humanity. 
That at its core, the creation of God called humanity is good according to created nature.
We recall and ponder the goodness of God already experienced; 
and we pray for, petition God for an outpouring of goodness in our future.
 
God has built us a house to live in:  the goodness of Jesus Christ.
Let us proclaim this goodness with grateful praise.
 
Our prayer for today:  “O Lord, we receive with great joy the gift of your goodness given to us in Jesus Your Son.  Fill us with a new desire to help others discover the truth of Your salvation and to inspire them by our example to live in Your goodness.  Amen!”