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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1st Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Tue, 01/10/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

To be saved is to be snatched by force from serious peril. 
To be saved is to be delivered from sickness, especially a terminal illness. 
To be saved is to be kept alive in the face of danger; to be protected in the face of threat. 
For the Christian, to be saved is to be delivered,
by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ,
from the power of evil and the effects of sin.
 
There are two domains, so to speak, where Christian salvation takes place. 
The outer world of social interaction, government, culture, family. 
And the inner world, the inner being of the person. 
In both domains salvation entails the preservation of a created ordered state. 
In both domains salvation entails the preservation of our humanity.
 
God created us as human beings. 
We have qualities and capacities that set us above all other known living entities. 
We have self-consciousness; the ability to reason; the capacity to appreciate. 
These establish and determine certain ways of living as compared with other creatures. 
Our choices and actions are expected to reflect this unique and privileged place
in God’s order of things.
 
The greatest loss is death….the ending of human life. 
Salvation assures us that when our earthly dwelling turns to dust,
we have an eternal dwelling with God in heaven. 
The second greatest loss, I believe, is the loss of our humanity. 
A general term used to describe this loss is “dehumanization”. 
The loss of humanity becomes evident when we start acting like animals. 
Herein lies a danger of misunderstanding. 
Animal behavior is considered to be natural. 
People sometimes conclude that human beings are being natural when they act like animals especially when it comes to competition, sexual behavior and the killing of young. 
The comparison here is apples and oranges…but this is another field of study.
 
With regards to Salvation, Jesus took on the fullness of our humanity…he became fully human.  Salvation is not just a future state in the Kingdom of God. 
It is a present reality.
We are being “saved” in the here and now. 
God is working to save us from evil and sin now. 
Putting all this together: to be saved in the moment is to be “re-humanized”. 
It is to discover or re-discover (by way of grace) what it means to be a human being. 
The most important lessons in life are ones that teach us how to be human, 
with Jesus Christ being the most perfect expression of humanity.
 
A decent human being (something I hope we all want to be)
is someone who is true in their humanity….not sinful humanity but Christ-like humanity. 
When I think of a decent human being I think of qualities like goodness, wisdom, justice, love,
compassion, understanding, awareness, sensitivity, respect, honor, morality…
someone who has taken dominion over their own life, taken ownership, are self-governing,
and chooses to live according to activities for God and not against God.
 
Today’s prayer: “O Lord, help me to be a decent human being. Help me to cooperate with the saving process of being “re-humanized” in and through Jesus Christ, Your Son. Amen!”