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 of Lent

Date: 
Fri, 03/06/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Those who are wicked will come to a bad end.
They may seem to have the advantage,
they may seem to be prosperous, comfortable, successful, well off, even happy.
But these are temporary at best.
Their eternal condition/circumstance will not be so glamorous.
It will include misery, wailing and the gnashing of teeth.
They may get away with their evil ways on this earth. 
But they cannot escape the judgment of God.
Wicked men, wicked women, will come to an wretched end.
 
Are you wicked?
I didn’t ask you if you were a sinner, I asked you if you were wicked?
All the wicked are sinners, but not all sinners are wicked.
 
The tenants in today’s Gospel are wicked.
Their sin is not impulsive.  It’s not a spontaneous mistake….
not a hasty, spur of the moment, unreasoned, decision;
not a misjudgment based on error or ignorance or short-sightedness.
Their sin is cultivated, pre-meditated if you will, deliberate, calculated.
 
Wickedness is a spiritual condition,
a disposition and inner attitude that knows nothing of virtue,
where there is no desire for what is good but only for what is pleasurable.
It is stubbornness in the face of God’s offer of salvation and much more.
The wicked refuse to be guided by God….
choose to be guided by greed, covetousness, corruption, avarice.
They seek their own will.   They are brutal, cruel and heartless
with regards to satisfying their own needs and wants.
The wicked leave within their wake destruction, sorrow, death.
For the wicked, sin is a way of life.  God will not have pity on the wicked.
 
The truth brought to our attention during the Season of Lent
is that we all have a problem with sin. It’s part of our human condition we cannot escape.
But sin does not have become a way of life,
does not have to culminate in the problem of wickedness.
 
God has given us the blessings of freedom of will and freedom of thought.
And because of sin, our wills become misguided
and our intellect operates without restriction or boundary.
But we can adopt an obedient attitude of faith in God’s will and to God’s plan.
We can accept God’s prohibitions and restrictions
as expressions of His interest in our well-being.
We can put our trust in God’s judgments over and above rational human judgment.
And we can live with the conviction that our words, actions, thoughts, desires
are all accountable before God believing that God will have pity on the repentant.
 
“Help us O Lord, to turn away from sin, that we might have life.  Amen!”