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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28th Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Thu, 10/16/2014
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

God wants us to be clean, to experience both inner and outer purity.
God doesn’t withhold his wisdom about how we can attain this cleanliness.
First through OT prophets, and then through his Son, Jesus,
God reveals to us, to his people, how to live lives pleasing to him,
how to be holy and faithful and true.
And how to be cleansed of our sin.
 
In the Old Testament, because they didn’t like what they heard,
the Jewish religious leaders killed God’s messengers.
And we know the Jewish leaders named in today’s gospel
will follow the example of their ancestors
and kill the messenger:  Jesus.
 
They may seem to win in the present.
The source of irritation, the person proclaiming their guilt, is removed.
But Jesus makes it known:  eternal salvation is denied them.
They lose the very thing they desire:  communion with their God forever.
 
If we want to be clean before God we must listen to his Word,
uncover the wisdom found there,
and respond by incorporating it into our lives.
 
It is possible to be clean before God.
We honor and venerate the saints.
Their lives and their writings provide a source of understanding, of witness, of faithfulness.
We accept the leadership of descendants of the Apostles: popes and bishops,
God’s appointed shepherds and messengers.
 
If we are not bothered by their preaching and teaching,
if their words do not disturb our conscience, make us uncomfortable,
if we do not find their words challenging,
inspiring us to stretch out our hands…reach beyond where we are,
if all we do is feel threatened and become defensive,
then it is probable that we have rejected them as a God’s spokespersons.
And because we will not listen to them
we will not be clean and pure in the eyes of God.  Woe to us!
 
It is God’s desire to save us, to help us be in communion with Him.
It is God’s desire to enrich us with His wisdom, to guide us in ways of peace.
It is God’s desire to gather us together as his children,
to live as brothers and sisters and to journey together in faith.
His messengers will continue to proclaim this word till the end of the ages.
 
“You delight, O Lord, in those who revere you.  Renew us in your Son, Jesus Christ.
Fill us with joy as we hear your voice.
Help us to live lives that are clean and pure before your eyes. Amen!”