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: 
Tue, 01/13/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Because of what he said, because of what he did,
Jesus’ fame spread.  His reputation grew.  People were impressed, amazed.
 
What we don’t know is whether or not the people believed in him,  
believed in his word, put their trust and confidence in him….
what we don’t know is whether they accepted him and his teaching as good news.
 
Jesus caught their attention, his words and actions sparked interest, curiosity.
Some observers might have concluded: this power, this authority is from God.
But notice how they respond.  They ask “what is this?”
Even though the unclean spirit names Jesus for who he is
the people never ask “who is this?”
 
Granted, this is the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry.
The people recognized in Jesus something out of the ordinary,
he became the talk of the town.
They probably started to consider how all this might impact their future.
But they weren’t ready to obey
and eventually we see that many of the people actually refuse to obey.
 
At first Jesus was impressive.  But soon he becomes demanding.
“Love your enemy.  Turn the other cheek.  Forgive your neighbor’s debts.
Share with the poor.  Touch the unclean.  Be kind to the outcast.”
I can imagine some of the people saying
“we liked him better in the beginning.  He had a good thing going.
Why did he have to spoil it all….”
 
I remember by own conversion experience.
The beginning was nothing less than glorious.
It was like I stepped out of total darkness into the brightest of lights.
All inner resistance melted away.  I was loved beyond imagining.
I was free and yet captured at the same time.  I could have stayed where I was forever.
 
This experience lasted for a time….but then the real work began.
The work of changing…changing habits, behaviors, responses;
changing ideas, thoughts, expectations;
changing my understanding of the world and the orientation of my life;
changing relationships, preferences, desires;
changing what I believed about myself, about others, about God;
changing my pursuit of self-satisfaction to the pursuit of obedience to God’s will.
 
As we hear the gospel today, the good news of Jesus Christ,
as we celebrate his presence among us,
may the process of our ongoing spiritual transformation continue.
May we be willing to choose the hard work of turning away from sin
and committing ourselves to divine obedience.