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: 
Sat, 01/17/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

There are coffee plantations in South America.
There are oil fields in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.
There are coal mines in Eastern Kentucky.
How do we get coffee, oil and coal to other places in the world?
We transport them…often on a freighter or cargo ship.
 
There are people who have received the Gospel,
people who have been given the gift of faith,
people who are good and wise, compassionate and truthful.
How do we get truth and faith and wisdom and love to other people in the world?
We transport them….by word of mouth, by action and example, by witness and lifestyle.
 
To be a disciple is to be like a freighter or cargo ship.
The goodness of God is given to us and we in turn see to it that it is transported
to where it is needed.
This is our work as followers of Jesus Christ.
It is not a side job, something we’ve picked up to earn a little extra income.
It is not temporary employment…until something better comes along.
It is not optional, left to our discretion.
It is our purpose.  It is our life’s work.  It is our mission.
 
And just like we renew our driver’s license and our insurance policy
and our cell phone contract
we need to renew our religious and spiritual choices and decisions.
We need to re-commit to the process and work of discipleship.
Who we are and what we do because we believe in Jesus Christ
is no small matter, not something trivial or inconsequential.
It is an important aspect of our ongoing spiritual growth
and a contribution to the good of our neighbor and our world.
 
Discipleship is a lifestyle that entails encounter with others, engagement with the world,
and a passion for what is of God.
To be a disciple is to be on a mission,
a mission to promote a certain way of living in this world….the way of Jesus Christ.
As disciples we make decisions based on the reality that God exists,
and that the poor exist in our world and sometime at our door.
We set our personal and corporate goals knowing that others will be affected.
We carry out our daily responsibilities knowing that our interactions
will often bring us into contact with people who have not received the Gospel,
people who are skeptical and cynical,
whose hearts and minds have been become penurious (stingy, impoverished, uncharitable).
 
Somewhere along the way of life, we have heard the Lord say “follow me”.
We are present this celebration of Eucharist in response to this invitation
grateful that we have been given a place at his table;
grateful that we have been given a share of his Kingdom.
 
May our prayer and our communion this morning strengthen us for Jesus’ great summons:
“who will bear my light to the world?”  Here I am Lord.  I accept the mission.