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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2nd Week of Easter

Date: 
Mon, 04/13/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

I hear a sound in the night, coming out of the darkness.
I am now aware that something is there that I wasn’t aware of before.
So I look in the direction from whence the sound came.
I see a shape but nothing more.  It is the shape of a small animal.
I now have some understanding as to the nature of the source of the sound.
I can rule out that the animal is a sea creature
for I am camping in the Daniel Boone National Forest in southern Kentucky.
I can rule out many other animals found only in other parts of the world.
I can speculate that it is an animal that is common in these parts.
This thinking process nurtures an increase in my level of comprehension.
I shine my flashlight and see glowing eyes.  Behind the glowing eyes is a kitten.
I look around and determine it seems to be alone.
I consider what to do:  should I let it be, maybe even shoo it away?
Or should I try to approach it or coax it to my camp-sight with some food?
And if I find it is good natured, not afraid of humans, should I bring it home with me
knowing that little kittens become big cats that live for 12 plus years?
But also knowing that I can change my mind at any time.
I am under no obligation to keep this animal, care for this animal
for the rest of its life.
 
Is anyone here interested in a little kitten?
No, I didn’t find a stray.  But if I ever do I can track you down if you want.
Here’s the more important question:  is anyone here interested in eternal salvation?
If so, then my little vignette can possibly provide some insight.
 
The required rebirth Jesus is speaking of in today’s gospel refers to a 2nd birth
but one that is much different than biological birth.
The rebirth Jesus mentions is “new” birth; a spiritual awakening made possible by God.
It is the beginning of a new life;  it is the beginning of a new way of living
because God has added to our lives supernatural grace which we have willingly received.
We become people who are animated by his Spirit.
God makes a sound, introduces his Son Jesus into the world.
We become aware that Jesus exists.
We take a closer look, listen to his teaching, observe his behavior and his power.
Our understanding grows.  We accept that he is from God. We see him on the cross.
Should we leave him alone, shoo him away or receive him into our hearts?
If we receive him we are under no obligation to keep him.  We must choose every day.
Be forewarned, we can be so taken by him that any sense of obligation fades
and his presence becomes a privilege, a blessing, an enjoyment.
His presence becomes the center of the meaning of our life.
With each additional day living his way becomes normalized,
it becomes the way we prefer to live our lives…within the realm of gratuitous love.
 
Entrance into the eternal kingdom of God will not be another new birth per se
but will be the culmination of, the last stage of, our spiritual awakening in Christ.
May our celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which is God’s work among us,
continue to persuade us to live our lives in him and for him.  Amen!