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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25th Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Mon, 09/22/2014
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Today’s gospel message is blunt.
Any Christian disciple who is not “letting the light shine”,
who is not sharing their knowledge of and faith in Jesus’ proclaimed Kingdom,
any Christian disciple who is not growing in his/her understanding of the kingdom,
that disciple is already in the process of losing the ability to hear.
There is no “neutral” gear when it comes to discipleship.
There is only forward….movement toward the Kingdom
and reverse…movement away from the Kingdom.
If we have not accepted Jesus’ mission as our mission,
then we are moving away from his Kingdom.
 
It is the mission of every disciple to share what they have received,
to be generous with bestowing the blessing of faith on others,
knowing that such generosity requires effort
and the result of that effort is growth in personal understanding
which in turn deepens faith and increases response to grace.
As a community and as individuals,  we as members of St. Agnes parish
we must accept the reality that we are not only hearers of the Word of God
but also preachers of the Word of God.
To hear the Word of God and then fail to proclaim it
is to put the greatest of lights under a bed or in a closet.
 
We are a people who are on a mission.
We are missionaries.
It is our responsibility to propagate our Catholic faith.
We all know what biological propagation is:  “be fruitful and multiply.
Do not just continue the human species but increase the human species.”
Spiritual propagation is more than just passing on our faith.
It is a matter of increasing the number of believers.
 
If we come to receive the Eucharist,
and only see it as a means of some personal gain with regards to our relationship with Christ
then we are being selfish.
When going to confession it is not uncommon for people to mention sins of omission;
good things they have failed to do.
But I seldom hear anyone say “I have been selfish with my faith.
I’ve kept it to myself.”
But this is the very thing Jesus is talking about today:
“don’t be selfish with your faith.  Be generous with your faith.”
 
I know this is rather off base
but image what the world would be like
if people spent as much time thinking about propagating their faith
as they do thinking about propagating the species.
 
“May your Word, O Lord, bring us joy.  And may we be resolute in sharing our joy with the world.”