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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1st Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Mon, 01/12/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

We can learn something about faith
from Simon and Andrew, from James and John.
Jesus seeks them out….chooses them for a reason.
Their response to his invitation is immediate.
They are willing at a moment’s notice
to leave behind a thriving and secure family business.
 
They have no idea where Jesus will lead them….what the future will demand of them.
They are simple fishermen and yet they entrust themselves to this travelling rabbi.
 
They learn along the way.
They are formed by experience, by what they see and what they hear.
There’s no time for Jesus to send them to school, wait for them to graduate,
and then hire them as “co-workers for the Kingdom”.
 
Something within allows them to respond to Jesus’ invitation
with enthusiastic commitment.
And it isn’t long before they see and feel love, joy, the power of forgiveness,
They witness first hand,
Jesus’ compassion in the face of suffering, conflict with opponents,
and the pain of rejection.
 
In and through faith they endure
and not only endure they thrive, they are fruitful.
Their faith is formed and fostered by a communion of life with Jesus,
by being taught about the Kingdom,  and by embracing a new rule of life.
 
If we desire to increase our own faith,
these components can provide for us a pattern, a blueprint of sorts.
To nurture our faith we need to seek communion of life with Jesus:
to gather where he is present, to give him our attention,
to unite ourselves to him in prayer.
We need to be instructed, allow Jesus to be our teacher,
recognize our need for enlightenment.
When it comes to matters of faith we need a coach.
And we need to embrace a new rule of life,
…an ordered way of living determined not by science or prosperity or the absence of pain.
but a way governed by love, virtue and truth …where suffering is accepted as redemptive—
a way that gives witness to something much greater than ourselves.
 
Today, let us leave something behind, some worldly attachment, some burdensome memory,
and embrace something new: an attitude, a goal, a virtue.
Let us resolve to take another step along the path of discipleship.
As long as we remain on this side of heaven,
our journey with Jesus is not over.