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 Easter

Date: 
Mon, 05/04/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Sister Mary worked for a home health care agency.  She was out making her rounds visiting homebound patients when she ran out of gas. As luck would have it, a gas station was just a block away.
She walked to the station to borrow a gas can and buy some gas. The attendant told her that the only gas can he owned had been lent out, but she could wait until it was returned.
Since the nun was on the way to see a patient, she decided not to wait and walked back to her car. She looked for something in her car that she could fill with gas and spotted the bedpan she was taking to the patient
Being the resourceful sister she was, she carried the bedpan to the station, filled it with gas, and carried the full bedpan back to her car.
As she poured the gas into her tank, two men were watching from across the street. One of the men turned to the other and said, "If it starts, I'm turning Catholic."
 
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What does this humorous tale have to do with today’s gospel?
Nothing!  I just thought it would be good to start the week with a little laughter.
 
Today Jesus explains:  “the relationship between me and my disciple is one of love”.
The presence of love is a sign of being in a right relationship with Christ, with the Father.
These words bring joy to the disciples, for they surely came to love their Master.
Jesus’ comments about love beg the question:  what is love?
 
Love is an indwelling presence.
It is an experience of attraction that binds us to Jesus where thoughts of Jesus stir the heart.
It is a power, a force, a desire, a longing to be in the presence of Jesus,
a desire for union with Jesus, to be at one with Jesus, united to Jesus.
It is a disposition which determines the total direction of our life;
to love Jesus is to place “my whole self” in the service of my relationship to him.
 
Love causes us to transcend ourselves, our lives, wants, needs, preferences;
causes us to be selfless, self-sacrificing, to exist for Christ and not for ourselves.
It stretches us beyond, inspires us beyond rationalization and calculation.
It overcomes fear and is expressed through faithfulness.
One of the highest expressions of love is a willingness to suffer.
 
Some describe it as an intoxication which overcomes us.
It is better said to be a command, an order given by God, a task set before us that we can evade.
It is more than a spontaneous impulse;  it is an act of the will.
 
It is what God wants from his people:  love.
God wills to be loved, God desires to be loved, God longs to be loved.
 
Every one of us has the ability to understand love.  It’s part of our human software.
The current limit of our understanding is self-imposed.
Love, as a divine reality, is boundless.
Let us pray for, let us work for, let us wait for, hope for…an upgrade.