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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32nd Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Tue, 11/14/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

In Exodus 33:18 Moses pleads with God, “Show me thy glory!”
And God answers, “I will make all my goodness pass before you
and will proclaim before you my name, Yahweh.
And then God says (with an implied ‘however’) “I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious,
and will show mercy to whom I will show mercy.”
In other words, God says to Moses “just because you have seen me
you have no right to expect privileged treatment.  You have no right to receive blessings from me.
You have no right to question my actions, my graciousness, my kindness.”
 
Jesus in today’s gospel draws his apostles back to this revelation.
Like Moses, they are chosen by God to fulfill a vocation,
to do certain work as far as leading God’s people.
“Do not presume,” Jesus says “that serving God in this capacity,
that fulfilling your duties, that remaining obedient to God’s commands,
gives you the right to demand privileged treatment from God.
Do not presume that this gives you privileged access to God’s blessings,
or that you deserve special treatment from God and from God’s people,
because of your position of leadership.”
 
All disciples of Jesus need to avoid boasting in all of its forms
and need to avoid the attitude and practice of entitlement.
Those who serve God do not earn favor from God.
God’s graciousness….His kindness, His compassion, His mercy, these are sheer gift.
God does not pay a salary in exchange for work provided.
God bestows blessings at His discretion and according to His will.
 
The true servant of God says “I have been gifted by God and I am grateful.
I can do what I do because God is generous.
I willingly share these gifts with those who have not received similar blessings.”
 
An incorrect attitude is had by those who hold their peers in contempt
because of the absence of certain abilities,
because of the absence of certain understandings, the absence of certain capacities,
the absence of knowledge or wisdom or gratitude or piety or dedication or zeal.
 
An incorrect attitude is had by those who are always measuring their worth, their value
according to what their neighbor has or doesn’t have….
according to what their neighbor receives and they don’t.
 
An incorrect attitude is had by those who say “look at all I’ve done.
Look at the contribution I’ve made.  My name will be remembered for generations to come.”
 
As disciples of Jesus Christ, our task, our vocation is to keep the word of God.
We are to encourage others to do the same without condemning, judging or belittling.
It is God’s right to settle accounts, not ours.
We don’t have the right to anyone’s religious faithfulness, to anyone’s religious loyalty.
Only God does.
And no one has the right to God’s mercy or to God’s blessings.
God is generous to whom God is generous. 
If we don’t like the way things have been set up,
we can leave God’s service and seek something different.
 
Today’s prayer: “O Lord, You are gracious and abundant is Your mercy.  Bless us with humble hearts.  When it comes to our being in Your service, may Your will be done and not our own.  Amen!”