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 Easter

Date: 
Fri, 04/28/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

We continue to commemorate the day of Christ’s resurrection.
To remember, to celebrate…
to think about and reflect upon what this means for us, for our relationships, for our families,
for our parish community, for our world, for human history.
A power has been revealed:  the power of God can transform death into life.
And this is important to us because we must face death.
 
For us, human history is God’s story.
The plot of this story revolves around God’s activity, God’s concern for humanity.
The hero of the story is Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord.
A mark of Christian maturity is the moment we recognize and accept the fact
that we are not the hero of the story. 
In this story, we don’t deserve the attention, the praise, the glory. 
In this story, we don’t deserve to be lifted up in the minds and hearts of our fellow human beings. 
You and I, we don’t save anyone.
If and when we make ourselves the hero,
the story loses its power in everyone’s estimation but our own.
If and when we make ourselves the hero, God have pity on anyone under our authority,
spouse, children, co-workers, for they will suffer.
And in justification we will say to ourselves
“such suffering is necessary for those who have the privilege of being near the hero.”
 
Part of remembering, of celebrating, of reflecting upon the resurrection of Jesus Christ
is disenchantment.
To be enchanted, is to be bewitched….
attracted to and moved deeply by….to have our admiration aroused….by magic
….by powers and possibilities that are not of God.
To be enchanted is a form of idolatry.
 
To be disenchanted is to be freed from illusion, from deception.
The human mind and heart are prone to believing things that aren’t true.
That’s what happen to Adam and Eve.
They were convinced to choose illusion over truth.
To think that we are the hero of the story going on around us,
especially the story of faith….is an illusion.  It’s an untruth.
On the other side of the coin, to think there is no illusion in our lives
….that we are already freed from its grasp…is itself an illusion.
 
One of our goals through this Easter time is to gain new insights
with regards to a life of faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
If Jesus Christ is the hero, then who are we?
If we don’t get the glory, then why bother?
What are we willing to do “for the sake of the name”?
What sacrifices are we willing to make “for the sake of the name”?
What are we willing to commit to?
What action are we willing to take?  What changes are we willing to make?
What does it mean for us to “dwell” in the house of the Lord in the here and now?
 
Our prayer today:  “O Lord, creator of all that is, sustainer of life, giver of every heart beat and every breath, we rejoice in Your generosity.  We celebrate Your concern for us and our world.  We acknowledge and accept Your revelation as the source of all truth.  We acknowledge and accept Your son Jesus Christ as Risen Lord.  Help us to live in the freedom he won for us.  Help us to commit ourselves to proclaiming him as the way, the truth, and the wellspring of eternal happiness.  Amen!”