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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1st Week of Advent

Date: 
Mon, 12/01/2014
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

It’s time for a demonstration.
I brought an aid with me.
The practice of recollection is our topic.  I encourage you to adopt the practice.
The process of recollection promotes understanding
and refines what we accept as truth.
 
I have a basket filled with rocks.
Let’s say this basket is your mind and these rocks your memories and knowledge.
Let’s narrow our focus to Advent.
These rocks represent out thoughts, beliefs, understandings, memories of Advent.
 
We want to engage in recollection regarding what we know and believe about Advent.
To recollect means to “re” collect, to “re” gather.
Before we can re-collect we must scatter or separate.
So we take each one of these rocks out:  look at it, consider its importance,
feel its texture,  ask “why is it in the basket to begin with?”…
We examine each rock, one at a time as we take them out of the basket.
 
Now it’s time to “re” collect them, and put them back in the basket.
Who remembers in what order I took them out?  Where does this one go?
This is the value of recollection.
We will arrange the rocks, the memories, our understanding differently.
We will “re” collect them…in a way that makes sense to us now, on December 1, 2014.
 
Last time (let’s say last Advent) I may have arranged them according to size:  littlest to biggest.
This time I may arrange them according to weight:  heaviest to lightest…
or by color, or by mineral composition, or by texture, and so on.
 
Through the Season of Advent we will meet a number of people from the Scriptures.
We will hear their words….observe their actions.
The one thing all these people have in common:
they are people who waited for the Lord.
They believed he was coming.
We hear of their struggles, doubts, concerns, hopes, their behavior as they waited.
 
As God’s people living in the present
we are people who wait for the coming of the Lord.
We learn from our Advent cast:  this is how we prepare, this is how we wait,
this is what we do while we wait.
This is what works.  This is what doesn’t work.
 
Today we encounter a Gentile soldier who puts faith in Jesus as the Messiah.
The faith of a sinner allows Jesus to reveal God’s saving love and transforming power.
This is what we are waiting for:  saving love and transforming grace.
 
“Give us, O Lord, a renewed desire and a renewed patience to wait for these gifts.  Amen!”