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: 
Sat, 03/21/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

In Lent, we make the journey with Jesus
as he walks the path that brings him to the cross.
We observe how people respond to him along the way.
Some are touched deeply by the authority behind his words.
Coupled with his works, his miracles,
some people sense the presence of a great prophet.
The religious leaders, on the other hand, respond with hostility,
justifying their rejection of him by referring to their law, and quoting the scriptures.
They accuse the people of being ignorant, of being deceived,
and being led astray by Jesus.
 
In our own day we witness similar responses to Jesus.
We see people who surrender completely to faith in Jesus Christ,
dedicate their lives to following him, proclaiming him, and sometimes even dying for him.
 
We also see people who remain indifferent, who lack any interest,
who fail to be convinced, at least according to observable behavior,
that Jesus is of any importance to modern day living.
To them his call to love, to forgive, to sacrifice, to have faith, to associate with the lowly
these serve to promote weakness,
a liability in a world where power is glorified, and notoriety determines one’s worth.
 
A question to ask ourselves:  how are we personally responding to Jesus Christ?
Not our spouse, or our children, or our neighbor
but within our own hearts, our own minds,
what do we feel, what do we think, where do we stand,
how do we measure up,
what do others conclude about our life in Christ,
to what level are we invested and committed,
how are we being deceived and being led astray,
how have we resisted,
when have I challenged Christ’s authority over me,
who have I scandalized by my non-Christian attitudes and actions,
when have I failed to show charity or live in virtue,
how have I welcomed and embraced what is foolish, unwise, inappropriate,
irresponsible, careless, harmful, hostile, antagonistic, immoral, licentious,
obscene, immodest, vengeful, slanderous, abusive, undignified, idolatrous,
…greedy, dishonorable, self-degrading, promiscuous, crude, vile, illegal,
unfaithful, irreverent, conceited, arrogant, pretentious, false,
deceptive, judgmental, fruitless, worthless, wasteful, petty, selfish?
Did I miss anything?  I suspect you get the picture.
By the way, there will be confessions after Mass this morning.
 
“Help us, O Lord, to become more aware of and more concerned about
our response to you.  Inspire us to maturity of faith
that we might have new life in you.  Amen!”