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: 
Fri, 01/16/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

There are people in the world, maybe someone in our own family,
who wind up following the wrong star.
They have taken a direction in life that is hard for us to understand,
a direction leading them to harm, to frustration, to misery and pain, to unhappiness.
 
We see them stuck in the mud, spinning their wheels,
unable or unwilling to free themselves from their predicament
and we want to assist them.
We give them a push but low and behold they simply continue traveling in the direction
that got them stuck in the first place.
Sometimes, it’s not until they hit rock bottom
that they become unable to move on their own.
At that point we can pick them up and carry them,
against their own will if necessary, to a better place.
 
Mother Theresa encountered many people in her work who resisted her kindness.
When she would pick up those dying on the streets of Calcutta,
some would curse her and spit in her face.
But she would pick them up anyway, take them to her clinic,
and see to it that they died with a little dignity.
 
The paralyzed man in today’s gospel may have been one of the lost.
We don’t know.
All we know is that he was not able to make his way in the world.
He relied totally on the kindness and mercy of others.
Someone else had the courage, the strength, the faith to bring him to Jesus.
For all we know he was resisting their efforts, protesting all the way.
Few of us want to be the focus of public attention in the best of circumstances
let alone when we are helpless and weak.
 
Jesus saw “their” faith and he saved the paralyzed man,
healed him both physically and spiritually.
Nothing is said of the four who carried the invalid (God only knows how far)
and did everything they possibly could to get him to Jesus.
It isn’t hard to imagine that they rejoiced as their brother or cousin or friend or neighbor
who was carried in under their power, walked away from this encounter with Jesus on his own.
 
Sometimes our faith is they only faith others have.
And if they are going to encounter Christ,
it is only because we have made the choice
to lend them our strength, our intention, our knowledge of the way…
it is only because of our willingness to carry them and set them at his feet.
 
We all know people who are following the wrong star and are lost.
May our faith inspire us to be compassionate, healing and forgiving.
May our faith inspire is to be willing to bring them to Christ.