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 Lent

Tue, 02/27/2018
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

The call of Lent is a call to repentance.
We are to turn away from sin and turn towards God.
Today’s gospel highlights a human tendency to like power and authority.
The Pharisees like positions that put them above others.
They like the feeling of being important and holding important offices.
There is a need for authority within human society.
It serves a good purpose when it is used rightly, when it is used with the proper attitudes
and proper intentions.
However, power tends to corrupt the user.  One can become heady with power.
The temptation with power is to become arrogant and overbearing and presumptuous.
The temptation is to become proud.
The temptation is to stop listening to God and instead listen to our own wants and desires.
What are those wants and desires:  “I want to be famous.  I want to be the center of attention.
I want people to admire me.”
The temptation is to exploit the power and authority entrusted to us
and aggrandize ourselves…..seeking, not the good of others, but the praise of others. 
These temptations blinded the Pharisees to the fact
that they started promoting their own ways instead of God’s ways.
They began thinking they were exempt from the very laws they sought to impose on others.
They put themselves above the law instead of being examples of how to properly follow the law.
The Pharisees become irritated at Jesus because he points out the truth to them.
He can see what is happening in their hearts.
He instructs his disciples accordingly.
Power tends to demand that others be treated as servants.
A true Christian disposition is that we are to be servants, not masters.
And he makes it clear:  God will abase those who exalt themselves.
Our Lenten readings and reflections will bring us back, over and over again,
to the one quality that is to be found in the Christian heart and Christian mind:  humility.
Jesus Christ, Son of God, humbled himself to take on our humanity.
Humility allows us to share in his divinity, his holiness, his love, his mission
without falling into the temptation to somehow raise ourselves up above others.
Humility insures that we act properly and with the right attitudes as we interact with others.
Only with a humble heart can we do what is right before God.
The question to be asked is this:  “what is our Christian ambition?”
What is it that we desire to achieve as we live our Christian lives?
What should be we striving for in our prayer, in our worship, in our activity?
What is it we are trying to accomplish?
Here’s my list in answer to these questions:  following Jesus Christ to the cross;
willing obedience to the Father;  loving sacrifice; 
letting go of personal wants in order to serve the good of others; 
avoiding sin and living in the light of Christian truth;
surrender to God’s will and fulfilling God’s plan for my life.
….And to do all these things with a humble spirit….always with a humble spirit.
Today’s prayer:  “O Lord, by Your light and Your truth, You guide us along the ways of Salvation.  Through the cross of Jesus Christ, Your Son, teach to be humble and show us how to be strong.  Amen!”