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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The 7th Day Octave of Christmas

Date: 
Wed, 12/31/2014
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Human beings have been and will always be of great concern to God.
The underlying desire of God is for us to have the fullness of life.
This life can only be experienced in and through a relationship with Him.
 
In the Old Testament, God shows himself,
reveals His presence in the world through various means:
a storm, pillars of cloud and of fire,
the rustling of the trees and the whispering of the wind,
and through the whole majestic work of creation.
These forms served their purpose, grabbed human attention,
caused people to recognize God’s activity in their lives
caused people to alter their way of living.
But these forms could never clearly reveal God’s plan of Salvation.
And it’s hard to hug a storm or a pillar of fire.
 
In the fullness of time God made Himself visible and attainable.
When the time was right for God to act, He sent his Son, Jesus Christ:
fully divine and fully human.
Through Jesus Christ, the Word of God,
humanity is blessed for we can now partake of divine fullness.
 
This morning’s gospel, the beginning of the Gospel of John,
is a hymn of celebration.
It doesn’t come to us with a musical accompaniment, but it is a song of praise
composed by the gospel writer to express an understanding and a belief:
Jesus comes down from heaven with a revelation of God
that was not known and could not be known by anyone else;
Jesus comes down from heaven
as the fulfillment of all of God’s promises.
Jesus comes down from heaven
to reveal the goal of human existence and human history
and to reveal the way that goal is attained.
I know this sounds trite, but by coming down from heaven, Jesus makes God huggable.
 
This hymn of praise to God is meant to arouse our attention,
cause us to focus our hearts and minds on God’s plan.
This hymn of praise is meant to inspire within us a response:
to accept God’s purposeful guidance,  to be thankful for this help
and to be ready to serve God's plan of salvation in our own personal history.
 
This hymn of praise is about the truth of Jesus Christ.
We embrace this truth and use it to determine who is for us and who is against us,
who is with us in fellowship and who is not really of our number.
 
Let us joyfully proclaim this hymn to the world.
And trust that it will prevail over the darkness of unbelief.