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 Lent

Date: 
Fri, 03/17/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Today, a pattern is perceived, one worthy of our Lenten reflection:
Joseph is sold into slavery.  Because of this Joseph is able to save God’s people.
St. Patrick was captured and sold into slavery.
This led to the Gospel being brought to the Island of Ireland.
There is a foreshadowing of Jesus’ death:  the tenants kill the landowner’s son.
The death of the Son of God brings salvation to the world.
 
It’s called paradox.
What was thought to lead to destruction and loss actually leads to life and salvation.
What was considered to be the worst of fates becomes a channel for another lease on life.
It’s also called grace.  God is able to use what is obviously evil to bring about the best of goods.
 
It is a lesson we study for life.
And hopefully it becomes part of how we see the world.
For in the end we must surrender to the greatest of paradoxes.
We must die.  The journey of life leads to death.
But death can lead to something greater….eternity in the glorious presence of God.
 
Because of our limited vision
we cannot see beyond our current trials in life:  the difficulties, the frustrations, the inconveniences.
We are quick to lament:  how could this have anything to do with God?
While working in the Tribunal Office, I received a phone call
A couple was in a second marriage situation. 
The wife was non-Catholic and was participating in RCIA.
They thought she would be able to enter the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil.
The annulment process was underway, but could not be completed by that time.
The voice on the other end of the phone said:  “how could this be the will of God?
These are such good people.”
Eventually the case went through;  the marriage in question was declared invalid.
The woman was received into the Church.
 
We don’t understand in the moment why life is so unfair, why innocent people suffer.
Why doesn’t God do something to prevent such injustice?
We want answers in the moment.  We want resolution as quickly as possible.
Our culture offers instant gratification.  Why can’t God do the same?
We just don’t like to wait.
 
“Hope” is a matter of waiting for what is not yet….waiting with expectation.
Our current situation is not what we want…maybe through no fault of our own….
maybe because the wickedness of others.
It is God’s will that we experience salvation.  God desires, God works to lead us accordingly. 
 
I have difficulty accepting the thought that God causes evil to be visited upon us.
I don’t have difficulty believing, and as a matter of fact, I have great faith,
that grace intervenes, and what we experience as evil becomes redemptive.
Divine intervention, however, is not magic and it is not instantaneous.  Redemption takes time.
 
Lent reminds us:  we are being redeemed.
God uses destruction and loss to draw us and the world to Himself.
 
Our prayer:  “O Lord, give me new eyes of faith.  Help me to see beyond the problems caused by sin. Grant me patience and faithfulness as I wait for Your work of salvation to be done.  Amen!”