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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5th Week of Lent

Date: 
Sat, 03/28/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Jewish authorities in Jerusalem have been monitoring Jesus’ activities.
They now call an official meeting in response.
Concerns are raised about the political ramifications of what is happening.
The Romans, who were occupying the territory,
might punish the Jews if something isn’t done.
The Jewish authorities take action:  Jesus is officially sentenced to death.
They argue that it is better for one man to die.
Jesus, in turn, withdraws from Jerusalem, to Ephriam, a day’s walk away.
 
We ponder these developments.
We know that the journey for Jesus is nearing its end.
We can only watch, knowing what the future will bring.
Jesus will accept his destiny and sacrifice his life.
Jesus dies for the world, for the people.
 
As we gather for Eucharist, we proclaim and celebrate this mystery of our faith.
We renew our commitment to give witness to this great sacrifice to the world.
By Jesus’ sacrificial death, the work of our redemption is accomplished.
This is the work of God, done on our behalf.
We participate in this work.
 
It is our hope and our belief that every time the Eucharist is celebrated
the salvation won by Jesus’ death is brought to a new day,
it is made known in a new time;  it is carried ever forward.
It is here that what Jesus did for the salvation of the world is proclaimed.
What Jesus did for the salvation of the world inspires us to worship.
The love expressed in the giving of his life is the very love we make our own.
As we partake of this sacrifice, receive the body and blood of our Savior,
his love for the world becomes our love for the world.
The charity he showed becomes the charity we live.
 
Jesus’ sacrifice shows his dedication, his obedience to God and God’s plan.
Sacrifice is a central component of our Catholic life
for it expresses our dedication and our obedience to God.
As Catholics we take sacrifice seriously.
Sacrifice makes our relationship with God visible to the world.
In and through sacrifice we acknowledge that God is Lord and Creator,
that he has enriched our lives with grace and favor,
and that we desire with all our heart to belong to him.
Every time we sacrifice we are not only confessing and professing our faith
we are also giving God a gift that expresses our devotion and affection.
 
The people we are becoming will be determined to a great degree
by the sacrifices we are willing to make.
And so we pray:  “May the sacrifice of your Son, O Lord, inspire us to offer our lives
in gratitude to the work of redeeming love.  Amen!”