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 of Lent

Date: 
Mon, 03/09/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Jesus has just read the passage from Isaiah which says
“the spirit of God is upon me, to bring glad tidings to the poor….yada, yada, yada…
Today this scripture passage has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
He is announcing in his hometown synagogue that he is God’s prophet.
 
As he continues, Jesus reveals to them the unexpected. 
So much so, it stirs them to anger.
Jesus lets the people know:  “I am here to offer God’s salvation, God’s deliverance,
not only to you, not only to God’s chosen ones, but also to the Gentiles.
I am here to show the world: God extends his unconditional mercy to the non-chosen as well.”
This didn’t sit well with his listeners at all.
Jesus also lets them know: “ God’s compassion is so great
that in spite of the fact that many OT prophets were rejected and killed,
God sends new prophets to his rebellious people.”
 
I can hear the people in the synagogue clamoring
“Jesus must be a phony; God would never show favor to non-Israelites.
And furthermore, we’re not a rebellious people.  How dare you imply such things.
We’re faithful.  We wouldn’t be in the synagogue if we weren’t.”
 
Jesus is thrown out and is threatened with death.  I guess this proves….
even those who attend church, who study scripture, can be guilty of rebellion against God.
 
Am I suggesting that those of you sitting here this morning
might be guilty of rebellion against God?
I’m saying there is a question we all need to ask ourselves:
“How have I resisted, opposed and/or rejected God’s authority over me?”
 
If we have stubbornly refused to change an opinion, a judgment, a course of action
that is contrary to God’s order of things, contrary to God’s revealed will,
then we are guilty of the sin of rebellion.
If we have been recalcitrant, if we have had or do have
an obstinately uncooperative attitude toward religious and spiritual discipline,
then we are guilty of the sin of rebellion.
If we oppose and/or willfully violate the teachings of Jesus Christ and his Church
then we are guilty of the sin of rebellion.
 
What can we do?  Trust and believe that God will never cease in His attempts
to turn us away from our sin.
Somehow, some way, during this time of Lent, God will challenge our rebellious hearts.
If we throw him out, he will come back to us in a new and different way…
and challenge us again.
 
So, am I suggesting that those of you sitting here this morning
might be guilty of rebellion against God?  Yes, and I include myself.
 
“Help us O Lord, to turn away from sin, that we might have life.  Amen!”