The Church of Saint Agnes

1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

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5th Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Fri, 02/13/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Jake and Bessie found each other in their old age. He was 92, she 89.
They were both widowed for at least 20 years.
They decided to get married and they were so excited.
One day the engaged couple went to a local pharmacy.
 
Jake ran into the owner and said, "Pardon me, sir, are you the owner of this establishment?"
"Yes I am," said the man.
"Well I was wondering if you sell heart medication here?"
"Yes sir, we do."
"And how about medication for arthritis, parkinson's and jaundice?"
"Yes, we sell those too."
"And do you also sell Geritol, Dentucream, and reading glasses?"
"Yes sir, we sell all that stuff."
"And how about wheel chairs, canes, and walkers, do you sell those too?"
"Yes sir, we sell all those things and more."
 
Jake said, "Good, because I am going to marry this lovely lady standing beside me
and we would like to register to get our wedding gifts here."
 
I had Mass last night at Highland Crossing.  I told them this story as part of my homily.
The people smiled and laughed a hearty laugh.
Several months ago one the residents came up to me after Mass and said
“Monsignor, I’m glad when you come and have Mass for us.
You bring joy to this place.  You bring life to this place.  It’s good for us to laugh.”
 
Laughter and joy are healing salves for the wounds
of suffering and loneliness and sadness and all the infirmities and losses and problems
that confront us in our old age.
 
As people left Mass last night, not one person could see any better than when they arrived,
not one person could hear better, or walk better.
They all left with the same bodily aches and pains using their canes and walkers and wheelchairs
Did healing take place last night?  I have no doubt that it did.
 
We are all called to participate in and continue the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.
However, we are intimidated by such a mission because we mistakenly believe
this mission entails and requires miraculous powers.  It doesn’t!
We fail to realize that the soul needs healing more than the body.
Anguish, self-absorption, despair, even revolt against God
need the healing touch of a kind word, a smile, a joyful presence, an expression of concern.
And everyone in this room has the capacity to emulate the compassion of Christ
so as to remind those who suffer that “God has visited His people” and He is close at hand.
 
Our faith, our Christianity, calls us to a new outlook on illness and the sick.
Have no doubt:  God wants to bring healing to others through us.
Let us conduct our lives accordingly.