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: 
Tue, 04/14/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Out with the old and in with the new.
We usually hear something like this on New Year’s Day, the beginning of the calendar year.
Today, we hear this adage in connection with resurrection.
With the Incarnation and all subsequent events involving Jesus Christ
God is doing something new in the world.
A new power is witnessed.  A new teaching is heard.  New life is provided.
A new experience of God’s spirit is bestowed.
A new community relationship is made possible.
A new way of living in this world emerges.
New revelation of God’s truth and love is unveiled.
New mysteries about God’s activity among his people are made visible.
A new hope is born.  A new future is conceived.
A new reality is founded.  A new freedom is given.
A new covenant is established.
A new understanding of human existence is communicated.
A new stage of human history begins.
A new invitation to heed God’s voice is extended.
A new direction, a new outpouring of grace, a new heart, a new plan, a new readiness, a new example, a new birth, a new promise, a new way of seeing, a new way of being, a new start, the dawning of a new day, a new key to salvation, a new faith, a new humanity, a new authority, a new response, a new adventure, a new connection, a new joy, a new forgiveness….
 
With Jesus, with an acceptance of him as Savior and Redeemer,
it’s out with the old and in with the new.
 
And yet, here many of us sit, content with the old.
Mom’s advice when introducing a new vegetable to our dinner plates
is apropos at this point:  “you at least have to try it.  Who knows, you might like it.”
Nicodemus was unwilling to try the “new” ways of God introduced by Christ.
 
There’s this thing called inertia, a law of science that states
“matter remains at rest or in uniform motion in the same straight line
unless acted upon by some external force.”
This law pertains to the spiritual as well as the physical: 
the tendency to spiritually remain the same, unmoved,
to continue to think, feel, and do what I have always thought, felt and done.
It is the tendency to be satisfied with what I already know.
Some would classify this as an addiction, an addiction to the familiar,
an addiction to what is comfortable, what is pleasant, what is preferred.
It betrays a desire to avoid the struggle that spiritual growth and maturity require.
 
Resurrection means something new is happening every day, every moment.
God’s work is not completed with the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Transformation from what is old to what is new is progressive, ongoing, never finished.
 
Let us live today believing:  when it comes to faith, something new is always a blessing.