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Feast of Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist

Date: 
Tue, 12/27/2016
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

St. John the Evangelist is symbolized by the eagle.
The eagle soars high above the earth, close to the sun.
As author of the fourth gospel, John moves beyond the story of Jesus’ life,
he moves beyond what people observe and hear.
John draws his audience into deeper theological reflection.
Think of it this way:  the higher you go in the air, the broader your view;
the broader your view the more you can see.
The more that you can see, the greater your knowledge.
With great knowledge comes great understanding.
 
John draws his hearers to lofty heights where one gets a better view of the world
and one gets a better view of God.
John is interested, not so much in providing facts as he is in providing connections, relationships.
Just as the eagle flies between the heavens and the earth,
John provides a bridge, a connection between eternity and time,
a connection between divinity and humanity; a connection between this world and the kingdom.
And on a quantum level, so to speak, John bridges the connection
between what is internal and what is external…what is unseen and what is seen.
So for example, I hear the words you speak but I don’t know what is in your mind and heart.
From what we know of Jesus’ actions and words we can begin to discover and uncover
what it is in God’s heart and God’s mind.
And once we start understanding the underlying order and patterns of created life
(this is what quantum physics and quantum computing and quantum theology tries to do)
we can then respond, make choices, chose paths that are in harmony with divine truth
which in turn results in greater experiences of peace, joy, fulfillment, satisfaction, perfection.
 
On Christmas day, the most important occasion of the celebration of our faith,
the Church provides the most important, most significant, most profound Gospel reading:
the beginning of John’s Gospel:
“In the beginning was the Word (with a capital “W”)…and the Word was with God.”
 
What should we be doing during these days of Christmas celebration?
We jump on the back of this eagle, hold on tight, and let it take us to new heights.
We spend our time soaring in the “in between”, so to speak.
We allow ourselves to be taken to where the air is clear,  to where our field of view increases.
The result is a re-orientation, a re-centering, an adjustment to our spiritual bearings.
The hope is that our attention will shift,
that what is petty and trivial will begin to fade into the distance
and we will gain clarity of sight
with regards to what is essential and substantial and consequential and valuable.
Our goal is to become more focused on God’s purposes and less focused on our own purposes.
 
This morning we bring to mind one of the keys to, one of the foundational principles of,
human understanding:  perception is directly proportional to perspective.
 
Our prayer for today: “O Lord, we are looking for peace.  We are looking for meaning.  We are looking to make sense out of this world in which we live.  Give us new sight.  But more than that, through St. John the Evangelist, bring us to new spiritual places, to a new mountaintop.  Bless us with a higher vantage point from which we can observe and appreciate Your redemptive presence and activity.  Amen!”