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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2nd Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Mon, 01/19/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

The prophet Isaiah has this to say to God’s people:
 
Fear not, for you will not be ashamed;
be not confounded, for you will not be put to shame;
for you will forget the shame of your youth,
and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.
 
For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is his name;
and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer,
the God of the whole earth he is called.
For the Lord has called you like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit,
like a wife of youth when she is cast off, says your God.
 
For a brief moment I forsook you, but with great compassion I will gather you.
In overflowing wrath for a moment I hid my face from you,
but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,
says the Lord, your Redeemer. ...
 
For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,
says the Lord, who has compassion on you" (Is 54:4-8, 10).
 
This Old Testament expression of divine love
underlies Jesus’ indirect reference to who he is:  the bridegroom of God’s people.
In and through Jesus, God is renewing his marriage proposal to His people.
 
The invitation is this:  “Will you marry me?”
Such a proposal is not to be taken lightly.
We all know the binding nature of marriage,
the exclusivity, the permanence, the expectations,
and of course, the blessings, the ecstatic nature of love.
Maybe today would be a good day to renew our marriage vows…with God.
 
We are presented here with a particular way of relating to our God.
He is our spouse, our beloved.
If we have never imagined, never considered God in this way,
if we have never prayed to God as if he were the cherished one closest to our heart,
the one we grant entrance into the very sanctuary of our soul,
then today can be a new day, a new beginning;
we can open the gates to a new way of being in relationship with our Creator.
 
We can start by praying:
“O Lord, it is never my intention to make you jealous.
I pledge to be vigilant in setting a guard over my heart, my mind and my lips
so that my love for you will always be above suspicion.  Amen!”