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 Advent

Date: 
Fri, 12/15/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

The people of Jesus’ generation were not happy with Jesus.
And they were not happy with John.
John was all doom and gloom:  “repent or suffer the consequences”.
Jesus was all cupcakes and rainbows: “my yoke is easy, my burden is light”.
The people found every reason in the book to reject them both.
They could not believe either one spoke with divine authority.
They could not see or accept the fact that God was acting in them or through them.
 
The people were waiting for a messiah, but neither Jesus nor John fit the bill.
Jesus and John were rejected as troublemakers, as false prophets, as the devil himself.
They both died a terrible death at the hands of their own people.
The people failed to recognize and take advantage of their time of divine visitation.
 
This morning we are encouraged to consider this monumental failure and oversight.
The bottom line is that as we wait for the coming of the messiah
both at Christmas time with the celebration of his birth
and at the promised 2nd coming,
we don’t want to wind up like Jesus’ contemporaries:  left in the spiritual dark by our own devices.
We don’t want to on the wrong side…
mistakenly do battle with the powers of divine goodness and truth.
We want to prevent ourselves from winding up in their same place.
The stakes are high.
It could mean the difference between eternal salvation and eternal damnation.
 
A place to search out a possible answer is within the realm of literature.
From very early in human history stories have been told, have been passed on…
stories having to do with tragedy:
human beings winding up in the worst of situations because of pride, arrogance,
self-glorification, unquestionable certainty, inflexibility, inflated ego, jealousy, fear,
lack of integrity, injustice, cruelty, greed, irresponsibility, exaggerated self-importance,
the absence of self-acceptance, self-centeredness, and the quest for power.
Sometimes the failure has to do with an inability to see and accept
that there is more than one answer to many of life’s questions.
Close mindedness, hard-heartedness, cold-heartedness, stubbornness, callousness,
error, misinformation, misinterpretation, quick-temper, over-indulgence,
willfulness, overstepping boundaries,  unrestricted desire….
all contribute to the demise of would-be heroes.
 
From the Christian point of view,
everything I mentioned above as far as the source of tragedy in human situations
is considered to be a matter of sin.
From the Christian perspective, sin is the cause of all human unrest and unhappiness.
If we aren’t willing to discern the sin in our lives, accept our sin for what it is,
recognize our helplessness in the face of sin, seek forgiveness of our sin,
take responsibility for our sin, repair the harm caused by our sin, make amends for our sin
then we have no need for Jesus Christ, we need not concern ourselves about God’s activity in this world, for God’s divine purpose is to save us from our sins.
 
We can underestimate the effects of sin in life: “I never do that and you’ll never convince me otherwise”.
We can also over-exaggerate the effects of sin in life:  “I am beyond redemption.”
 
Today’s prayer:  “O Lord, help us to recognize, accept and celebrate our time of visitation.  Give us the heart, the mind and the Spirit of Your Son Jesus Christ.  Amen!”