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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3rd Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Thu, 01/29/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Jesus preaches and teaches; he also acts with compassion, goodness, benevolence.
He proclaims by word and deed:  “the Kingdom of God is at hand.”
This Kingdom exists in the present but not completely.
Sin still has a foothold in this world.
Ultimately, in the end, the strength of God and power of God will prevail.
 
How much do you know about the Kingdom of God?
What do you believe about the Kingdom of God?
We are encouraged, by the very words of Jesus,
to take account of what it is we believe and know.
If we are not gaining, then we are losing.
People complain today because technology is advancing at such a great rate
it’s hard to keep up.
Wi-Fi, terabytes, blue tooth, texting, Facebook.
Some of us have resigned ourselves to remaining dinosaurs, to remaining in the dark ages.
A five year old knows more about a computer than we do.
 
The Kingdom of God is similar.  It is advancing, coming closer with the passing of each day.
It is growing and expanding.
And it is far more than just following the rules.
It is far more than just saying our prayers.
The last thing we want to do is to concede to being spiritual dinosaurs,
of remaining in the dark ages, of being satisfied with what we learned when we were children.
Why be satisfied with a little when it’s possible
to perceive and experience the joy and richness of God’s love.
It is so infinite, so endless, we can never discover it all.
 
Jesus summons us to hear:
spiritual insight and wisdom must grow and increase.
Our willingness to allow God’s grace to intervene, to possess us,
to determine our thinking and feeling and choosing must grow and increase.
The more you pursue the more you gain.
And if you don’t pursue, and don’t increase, then you will lose what you have.
 
How do we increase?
By reflecting on Jesus’ teaching, by raising our consciousness,
our awareness of God’s activity in our lives and our world;
by confronting our fears, our lame excuses, our pride, our self-righteousness.
By opening our hearts anew, every day, to the possibility of transformation.
By standing at that line between what is finite and what is infinite,
trust in the expectation of blessing
and allow ourselves to be drawn into the unknown and unfamiliar mystery of God.
 
The Kingdom of God is at hand.  It is within our grasp.
Let us stretch beyond where we are to where God is.
If we want to reach the Kingdom of God in the age to come
we must reach for the Kingdom of God in the here and now.