The Church of Saint Agnes

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The 5th Day Octave of Christmas

Date: 
Mon, 12/29/2014
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Now that Jesus has come into the world, what are you waiting for?
Are you waiting for anything? Maybe you believe the time of waiting has passed.
 
For many people life becomes a quest for satisfaction.
They wait for the experience, the feeling of well-being.
The gratification of desires, passions, appetites, fancies, wants, hopes, dreams
becomes the measure of a good life.
 
What has become lost is any sense of the difference between
good desires, passions, appetites, wants, hopes, dreams
and evil desires, passions, appetites, wants, hoped, and dreams.
What is often forgotten is the truth that human beings,
no matter how sincere, tend to see with clouded vision,
tend to rush quickly to judgment before prudent thought
and the collection of relevant information.
What is often forgotten is that we as human beings
fall prey to misinformation, to half-truths, to gratifying superstitions, and even to outright lies.
 
What do you want to see before you die?
What do you want to hear or experience or possess or taste?
Who do you want to meet?  What do you want to learn?
What do you want to feel, to discover, to understand before you die?
 
The trend today is to compose a “bucket” list
and check items off the list as they are completed.
The question still remains: 
why do I choose this for my bucket list and not that?
 
Simeon had a bucket list of sorts.
He longed to see the promise of God fulfilled before he died:
the salvation of his people and the salvation of the world.
Throughout their history, the people of Israel had suffered greatly,
both for their own sin and because of the oppression of others.
They suffered under slavery in Egypt and endured the troubles of exile.
Their land was frequently overrun by foreign powers.
Simeon waited for God to act
to alleviate the grieving, the sense of loss, the trouble that arises between
people and in governments and nations and cultures and traditions.
Simeon waited for God to bring comfort to a world broken by sin.
 
Why did Simeon want this?  Why did he wait for this?  Because of the Holy Spirit.
Something divine spoke to his heart and determined his life’s course.
 
What am I waiting for?  I’m waiting for the Word spoken by God
in and through Jesus Christ to break through the hardness of my head and my heart.
I am waiting for the Savior of the World to make his dwelling within me. 
What are you waiting for?