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: 
Thu, 01/15/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

There are some things I dislike about the newspaper.
I don’t like some of the photos.
Snapshots…a frozen moment in time.
It’s easy for reporters and editors to bend the truth….
easy for the public to be emotionally manipulated.
 
For example:  someone is accused of embezzling from the government
maybe millions of dollars.
The courts have just rendered a guilty verdict
and the paper publishes a picture of the guilty party smiling.
What the paper doesn’t say is that the picture was from their archives…
taken before the crime ever came to light….taken when the person was talking to friends.
But to readers it looks as if the guilty party is smiling at the moment of conviction
which in turn depicts the person as evil or twisted or demonic.
 
Jesus as Healer is a snapshot we hold in our heads….
comes to mind as the leper is cleansed.
In reality, Jesus seldom if ever seeks out people to heal them.
He doesn’t say “I need to go to the town gates because that’s where all the crippled people beg…
and they need my healing.”
If anything Jesus says “I need to go to this village or that synagogue
to that home or this deserted place….
because these people need to hear the good news of God’s love…
they need to learn about the salvation of God…the coming of the Kingdom.”
Jesus comes as “proclaimer of Good News” not as “Wonder Worker”.
 
Yet many people to this day seek him out for healing and not for hearing.
And no matter what words they hear,  when they are not healed they are disappointed
or conclude that they are not worthy
or conclude that God is punishing them or at least indifferent to their plight.
 
Jesus is moved with pity…shows compassion to those who are afflicted.
But his mission was to preach, to teach, to reveal the truth, the presence of God.
And he was concerned about being distracted from that mission.
His power to heal reflects who he is and lends credibility to his word….
but when it comes to a choice between healing or preaching, Jesus chooses preaching.
He knows:  salvation is not healing.
Salvation is hearing and responding through belief.
There are many people who are whole, healthy, pain-free who are not saved….
not in the right relationship with God.
There are many people who are healed through science and medicine who are not saved….
not in the right relationship with God.
Salvation comes through hearing the truth:  accepting and believing and having faith.
 
May our hearts be filled with desire….the desire to seek out the Lord to listen.
It is his word that bring us life.