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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4th Week of Lent

Date: 
Tue, 03/17/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Lent has the purpose of nothing less than changing our existence.
In and through the discipline of prayer, fasting and almsgiving,
we confront the non-Christian aspects of our living
and open ourselves to transforming grace.
With the passing of time certain matters of faith are lost to the business of this world.
They must be rediscovered and reintegrated into our choosing,
our thinking, our understanding, our very sense of existing.
We are challenged to set aside our complaining, our blaming,
our protesting, and accept responsibility, as difficult and burdensome as it is,
for answering the question of our life.
 
We are not accidents of nature.
We are created, self-aware beings, given a window of time,
to make something of ourselves before death knocks on our door.
We can’t and never will understand it all.
But we can use the resources at our disposal, especially our gift of spiritual freedom
to embark on inner and outer ventures,
seeking to improve the quality of our Christian character.
 
We declare our allegiance to Jesus Christ
and find security in knowing he has promised allegiance to us.
We hope beyond hope that he will look past the weakness of our faith
and provide for us out of his unbounded compassion.
We don’t sit idly by, waiting for chance encounters or anonymous kindness.
We inquire, we regard, we probe for meaning.
We try to learn the sound of his voice, so we’ll recognize his presence and welcome his touch.
We want to know when and how he comes to us.
We want to be fully aware of our time of visitation.
 
The crippled man in today’s gospel received a great gift
but failed to recognize and appreciate the giver.
For whatever reason his heart fails to feel gratitude.
He fails to connect his spirit with, and feel any sense of loyalty towards,
the one who lifted him up out of his misery.
 
I want to believe Jesus chose to heal this man
to elicit and evoke his conversion, to bring him to faith,
to inspire him to turn to God with his whole heart.
When Jesus asks “do you want to be well?” he is offering more than physical health. 
He is offering inner enlightenment as well as outer restoration,
an improvement of both body and soul, a change in his way of existing in the world.
The man failed to comprehend that spirit and soul are just as real as tangible matter.
 
“O Lord, we want to be well.  We want to exist beyond our finite awareness. 
We dare to believe in your love.  Reach down from heaven...lift us up out of the misery of doubt.
Renew our hope that we might live in joy and peace.  Amen!”