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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6th Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Mon, 02/16/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Jesus is on a mission, a mission to reveal God’s love to the world;
a mission to do God’s will and bring salvation;
a mission to conquer evil, to pay the price for human sin.
 
When he taught, he did so with authority.
Like modern day media, the Pharisees made it their mission
to discredit this authority.
They were on a crusade;  they were filled with zeal.
There weren’t interested in holding Jesus accountable.
They were interested in destroying his credibility.
They went after Jesus with a vengeance.
Jesus was considered to be an opponent, the enemy, someone to be destroyed.
There was no concern for charity on their part.
There was no concern for justice.
They incite Jesus to take certain action.
 
Jesus doesn’t take the bait as they egg him on.
He refused to cooperate with this charade.
They are wasting his time.  He has work to do…a mission to accomplish.
He moves on.
 
But the Pharisees are far from discouraged.
They continue to revise their approach, always awaiting a new opportunity.
If anything, their resolve to rid themselves of this man,
who steals from them the attention of the people, only deepens.
 
Jesus does provide a sign, proof of his messiahship.
But it’s not one the Pharisees see because of their blindness.
The sign is God’s mercy, God’s kindness, God’s concern, God’s generosity
shown to the poor, the outcast, the downtrodden, the forgotten,
The sign is the unbounded nature of God’s love,
revealed through the suffering and death of the most innocent of men.
The sign is the revelation of God’s power over death
in the event of the resurrection.
We call this sign….the Paschal Mystery.
 
The Pharisees listened to their fears,
allowed themselves to be dominated by their suspicions,
were concerned with protecting their own interests.
It cannot be so with those who follow Jesus.
Yes, we seek proof that God is working in our lives.
We do so by centering our attention, not on our fears and suspicions,
but on God’s goodness, God’s wisdom, and pursuing God’s will.
 
Let us seek to transcend our fears, to surpass the limits caused by suspicion,
and accept God’s holiness, not as an intrusion, but as the answer to our human longing.