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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23rd Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Mon, 09/11/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

With the coming of Jesus Christ, with the dawning of the Kingdom of God,
“keeping holy the Sabbath day” takes on a new meaning, a new purpose, a new understanding.
Work is prohibited on the Lord’s Day
to protect what is sacred and holy from being contaminated by what is unholy,
what is secular,  what is worldly.
Jesus redefines what is holy and sacred: human life.
More specifically, the restoration of human life made possible
by the presence of God’s Kingdom.
The greatest of human restoration is not physical but is spiritual.
The greatest human restoration is restoration of freedom,
freedom from the imprisonment of sin.
 
The Pharisees’ minds and hearts are imprisoned by sin.
With this imprisonment comes spiritual blindness and wrath.
Jesus is of God.  Jesus does the work of God, the work of salvation.
The Pharisees cannot see this, cannot understand this.
In their attempt to preserve their own human traditions, they reject the work of God.
 
To this day, the People of God are obligated to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
For us, for all Christians, the Lord’s Day is the Eighth day, the day of resurrection.
We are bound as followers of Christ
to come together in one place, hear the Word of God
and take part in the Eucharist.
It is a day of joy and celebration
for we recall the passion, resurrection and glorification of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior,
and we thank God for our rebirth in His Son,
which is the source of our hope in eternal life.
Sunday is the day we celebrate Jesus’ victory over sin and death;
the old order has passed away and a new order of creation has been established.
 
Living Sunday as the Lord’s Day, however, is more than just attendance at Mass.
It is more than just resting and relaxing.
It is a day to recognize and celebrate the sacredness of human life.
A day to do what Jesus did on the Sabbath:
reaching out to those in human need.
….a day of promoting human dignity.
….a day re-humanizing ourselves and our world.
….a day to rediscover what it means for you and I to be human beings.
….a day to promote the sacredness and holiness of human life.
….a day to visit a cemetery.
….a day to visit a hospital.
….a day to visit a nursing home.
….a day to reconnect family members.
….a day to remember what is means for us to love.
….a day to look for and affirm the good that is happening in our communities and in our world.
….a day to save a human life from sin, from darkness.
Holiness is more than prayer; it is action.  It is recognizing and building up the Kingdom of God
in this world.  Which is exactly what the Pharisees did not do.
 
Today’s prayer:  “O Lord, through Your Son Jesus Christ, You have given us new life.  With this new life comes new power in His Spirit.  Help us to direct such grace and power to restoring human life to its sacredness and holiness.  Open our eyes that we might see and hope in the glory that awaits us in Your Kingdom.  Amen!”