The Church of Saint Agnes

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The Church of Saint Agnes
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5th Week of Easter

Date: 
Thu, 05/18/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

We know what it means to remain inside during inclement weather.
We know what it means to remain calm in a stressful situation.
We know what it means to remain faithful in our marriage relationships.
We know what it means to remain focused on a task that needs to get done.
We know what it means to remain within determined boundaries.
We know what it means to remain vigilant in times of danger.
We know what it means to remain healthy, to remain safe, to remain independent.
 
To “remain” is to stay put; don’t move from your current location.
The implication is that it is good where you are.
And if you decide the grass is greener in some other place
and then leave where you are to seek out that supposedly greener grass,
the consequences will not be to your benefit.  By moving you will experience loss and not gain.
 
So, a plant that does not remain rooted in the soil will die.
A person who does not remain within the speed limit will be given a ticket.
And since I’ve referred to driving…
a driver who does not remain attentive at the wheel can cause an accident.
 
In today’s gospel Jesus exhorts us:  remain in my love.  Remain in divine love.  Stay put.
This is not some incidental suggestion.
It is an expression of divine concern for the salvation of human souls.
He would not have said such a thing if it wasn’t important and if it wasn’t necessary.
It was necessary.
 
God sees what is in the human heart:  the willfulness, the pride, the greed, the weakness.
Human interests, desires and expectations are distorted and misdirected by sin.
We are tempted to seek and possess what we don’t need.
We become overly attached to what is passing.
We conclude that feeling good is the measure of a well lived life.
We become intoxicated with and by power
and embrace the belief that we can control the universe, make it do our bidding…
that human intelligence and reason will solve and overcome all problems, even the problem of evil.
 
By his coming into this world, by his word of truth, by his miracles,
by his death on the cross and his resurrection from the dead
Jesus tries to persuade us, to convince us:  remain in my love; remain in divine love.
Even though this love is not some physical location it is the safest place on the face of the earth.
To separate ourselves from divine love by choice, whether deliberate or unintentional,
is to swim in shark infested waters, so to speak.  Believe me, the sharks are hungry and indiscriminant.
 
Over the years, theology has increased human understanding as to why “remaining in Jesus’ love”
is to the benefit of every human being.  Divine love is the motivation behind our existence.
It is not only the destiny of our journey of life, it is also the culmination of time and history.
If this is truth, then we will only understand who we are within the context of divine love.
We will reach fulfilment, completion, perfection only with the help of divine love.
Enduring peace is only possible within the presence of divine love.
Divine love is the only power, the only force capable of bestowing the blessing of eternal life.
 
Today’s prayer:  “O Lord, There is no greater gift than to experience Your love.  Help me to be open to and receive this gift with gratitude and understanding.  May the power of Your love beget within me, a desire to sacrifice my own glory, a desire to sincerely seek the truth, and a desire listen attentively to Your voice speaking to my heart.  Amen!”