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: 
Wed, 03/11/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

During Lent, we feed our souls with the mysteries of our faith.
We relearn the importance and necessity of prayer.
We strive to grow in holiness.
We discipline our bodies and our spirits with fasting.
We remind ourselves of God’s promises to us
and take time to renew our own promises to God.
We take down some of the walls, remove some of the obstacles
(for example the obstacle of self-reliance)
and we allow God to draw a little closer to us.
We ponder the difficulties we have with our living and dying,
with our knowing and not knowing,
with our loving and our inability to love.
We strive to move beyond the obvious and apparent
and take notice of that which is beyond our sight and beyond our reason.
We do these things to prepare for the great celebration of Easter
so as to embrace the mystery of the Resurrection with greater conviction.
 
Today’s readings remind us: a good, holy, life-giving relationship with God
requires obedience.  Who says?  God says!
Even before sin existed, obedience was required of Adam and Eve.
God commanded them:  “do not eat from the tree….”
Obedience to God is ordained by the very nature of who we are as human beings.
We are created for obedience.
The perfection of our lives can and will only occur
by surrendering our own will and submitting to God’s will.
 
Obedience is and will always remain a decision.
God has given us the freedom to choose.
And like any other virtue we must renew the choice moment by moment.
It’s not an automated process where we can “set it and forget it”….
for if we don’t choose it, we lose it.
 
God’s commandments, his precepts and statutes
are motivated by His love for us, to protect us and to promote what is good.
Our obedience to God is motivated by our love for Him.
We want to do what is pleasing to our God;  our obedience pleases God.
 
And we all know from experience, obedience to God is not always easy.
Sometimes it is very difficult and demands great sacrifice.
Jesus’ dying on the cross is the result of His obedience to the commands of the Father.
Our imitation of Christ includes our imitation of his obedience.
 
“Strengthen our resolve and increase our determination to observe your commands,
O Lord, that we might have life.”  Amen!