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 in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Mon, 01/16/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

With the arrival of Jesus onto the human scene, the Kingdom of God is inaugurated.
With every word he speaks, every person he heals, every parable he tells,
the Kingdom is being built up and revealed.
Like the rising of the sun, like the dawning of day, the Kingdom ever so gradually shows itself.
What could not be seen in darkness of night is now revealed in the increasing light.
 
It is a time of joy.  The old aeon has run its course and has come to an end.
A new age has come upon the world.
What was appropriate in the past is no longer appropriate in the present.
New ways are established.  New responses are required.
The old rules have served their purpose.  But now new rules are needed.
Think of it this way:  you cannot understand and repair a 2017 computer
with 1950’s technology.
Here’s another way to think about it:  the understanding of the Christian faith
that we have when we hear the Gospel for the first time…let’s say 8 years old,
is not appropriate for someone who is now 40 years old.
 
Jesus invites God’s people to enter the Kingdom of God.
It is a summons to an unconditional decision for God and God’s kingdom,
a decision that must be made every day.
A choice must be made between old and new,
between what is of the world and what is of God.
A concrete, life-changing crossroads looms up before all of us.
And we can’t straddle the fence.   Anyone who straddles the fence has already chosen the world.
 
Those who remain blind and undiscerning regarding the signs of the times,
that is, regarding the presence of the Savior,
will eventually come to see their misjudgment.
It’s like people who hear that a flood is coming but do not leave their homes.
How long do they hold on to what they own…hold on to what gives them security?
The waters come, filling the house, pushing it off its foundation.
Have they taken appropriate action in time?  Will they be able to escape?  Will they survive? 
Some do.  Some don’t.
 
There are two ways of responding to the Kingdom of God:
we can plan ahead, prepare for the future Jesus has announced and proclaimed.
Or, we can wait and see if and when and what the future has in store for us
and then improvise in the immediate circumstance
using strength and self-assertion to face the challenge
with the belief that only in the midst of that moment will the true path present itself
and with the belief that we will have what it takes to survive.
 
With all this being said,
I am of the mind that no extraordinary miracle is needed to hear and believe
in Jesus’ call to the Kingdom.
 
Our prayer today: “O Lord, stir up within our hearts the appropriate response to the presence of Jesus Christ Your Son.  Bless us with a new way of living our faith, a way in accordance with the spiritual signs of the times.  Amen!”