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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Memorial Saint John Neumann

Date: 
Mon, 01/05/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Physical sickness, physical disease, is a plague, an unwelcome affliction.
It reduces the quality of life, causes hardship and suffering,
puts a strain on human relationships, forces the issue of dependency,
interferes with the expression of human freedom,  disrupts the normal course of living.
It causes heartbreak and can contribute to and/or accelerate the process of dying.
Bottom line:  physical sickness, physical disease, has a negative impact, a detrimental effect,
it disrupts what we have come to expect as normal and preferred human experience.
 
In today’s Gospel Jesus takes on the impossible cases of human sickness,
the incurable, the hopeless, the cases where people were ostracized, marginalized, outcast,
removed from normal social interaction.
Jesus heals their maladies.
And like a light in the darkness, people are drawn to him.
 
Jesus is also teaching and preaching.
For the one thing worse than physical sickness and disease is spiritual sickness and disease.
For this he offers a remedy, a prescription:  repentance; conversion of heart and mind.
 
Jesus’ ultimate goal is to lead people to eternal life.
Where physical sickness has to do with interference with normal bodily functions,
spiritual sickness has to do with interference with one’s relationship with God.
 
Who are those who are spiritually sick, spiritually diseased?
- those who close their hearts, their thoughts, to God.
- those who refuse to reveal themselves to God.
- those who fail/refuse to give testimony to God’s presence in their lives.
- those who forget or dismiss the importance of God.
- those who refuse to dedicate time, resources, to spiritual matters.
- those who do not feel or express gratefulness for the gift of an unearned life
 
What are some of the indicators, some of the observable symptoms of spiritual sickness?
- failure to acknowledge, to become aware of the wonder and mystery of life.
- the absence and/or denial of the feelings of guilt and shame in the face of sin.
- a refusal to ask God for help in discovering the truth about ourselves.
- the wasting of one’s soul.
- blindness to one’s own pettiness in the presence of God’s great glory.
- presumption:  overstepping bounds and taking liberties
with regards to the sacredness of life.
 
Now that the savior has come into the world, what does he do now that he is here?
He sets out on a mission….proclaims the KOG,
establishes a connection between repentance and the KOG, he cures the sick.
A new possibility for His people and for the world, becomes available.
Jesus has the power to restore people to life both physically and spiritually.
 
Today we pray:  “O Lord.  Take away all that is in me that cannot enter your realm.”