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: 
Thu, 11/16/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

As we make our Christian journey towards God, as we travel along the road to glory,
we want to properly and correctly read the signs leading us in a heavenly direction.
As Christians we want to look for signs of the presence of the Kingdom of God
in our lives and in our world.
 
Signs of the Kingdom are universal…like lightening in the sky.
Anyone who has sight can see the sky and see the lightening.
But not everyone recognizes what they see.  Not everyone correctly interprets what they see.
Not everyone concludes that such signs are spiritually important.
 
Jesus today speaks of the coming of the Kingdom of God. 
And the line that deserves the focus of our attention
is when Jesus says “the Kingdom of God is among you”.
 
As Catholics we believe that the Kingdom of God is that eternal place
where God will rule over all of creation in peace, love and justice.
The Second Coming of Christ, at ends times,
the Kingdom will come in its fullness, its completeness, its perfection.
However, the Kingdom of God is already in the world.
It took root with the Incarnation, the conception of Jesus Christ.
It was revealed through Jesus’ power, his ministry and his preaching.
And it has been growing, maturing, bearing fruit, for the last 2000 years.
 
There are signs that we can observe today that indicate that the Kingdom has come.
The Church with its sacraments, especially its sacraments of healing and forgiveness—
in and through the Church the Kingdom is preached, announced, revealed and cultivated.
Martyrdom, the willingness to sacrifice one’s life for the glory of God;
the work of people like St. Pope John Paul II and Mother Theresa;
these are signs that God continues to intervene in human history
transforming humanity through the grace of salvation.
 
Closer to home….the fact that St. Agnes parish has a food pantry in the basement of this building
is a sign that the Kingdom of God has arrived.
The Christian Service Committee and the St. Vincent de Paul Conference
are signs that the Kingdom of God is present in our midst.
Within the Diocese of Covington….Catholic Charities, the Parish Kitchen, Welcome House,
the Diocesan Children’s Home…these are all signs that the Kingdom is among us.
Evidence of the presence of the Kingdom of God can be found in the human heart:
sanctification, growth in holiness, repentance, conversion, obedience, freedom, forgiveness, joy and love
are signs that we have internalized the Kingdom, made it our own.
 
On the other hand, we know the Kingdom of God isn’t complete, it hasn’t reached total fulfillment
because we see that sin still exists in this world, still exists in our lives.
The consequences of sin still manifest themselves in suffering, division, hatred, vice, imprisonment.
 
As we wait for end times to usher in the completion of God’s kingdom,
we are not to remain idle, we must be careful not to squander the gift of time.
With Jesus Christ as the cornerstone of the Kingdom of God,
we are to continue building upon what has been passed on to us from previous generations.
 
Today’s prayer:  “As we think of You, O Lord, we think of the coming of Your Kingdom.  Make us ever more aware of how it is already here.  And keep us attentive to the ways in which it needs to be brought more fully into our human situation.  Establish Your Kingdom in our hearts, in our minds, in our living and existence; establish Your Kingdom in our relationships:  in our families and homes, in our neighborhoods and in our communities.  Amen!”