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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Memorial of Saint John Neumann

Date: 
Thu, 01/05/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

With Christmas, a holy day has dawned upon us and upon our world.
God has made Himself known.
As we approach the Christmas scene,
we join angels and shepherds and the wise Magi from the East.
We bend the knee and bow down as we come before the Majesty of the Lord.
Lest we forget, the major reason for doing this is adoration.
We come to adore the Creator, the Lord of all.
 
Our adoration is a holy activity.
It is a human response to the outpouring of divine grace.
It is a form of human expression.
It is work.  It requires exertion…the expending of spiritual energy.
 
Adoration is a way of drawing near to God in joy and in love.
We set aside our requests, our prayers, our supplications.
The only blessing we seek during adoration
is the blessing of being in communion with our God.
 
Adoration is a spiritual offering we make to God.
It is an act of total self-giving, total self-surrender, total submission.
 
Adoration is the central, main way in which a Christian approaches God, comes before God.
It is central to the manner of life adopted by the Christian.
It entails longing and yearning.
We hunger and thirst for the living God.
It is forward looking.  It has to do with hope.  It has to do with our promised destiny.
We do on earth what the angels do in heaven….they adore God.
We do on earth what we hope we will do for all eternity:  adore God in His holy place.
 
Adoration is an acknowledgement and expression of our total dependence on God.
It is an act of fidelity, of faithfulness.
Those who are faithful to God come before Him in adoration.
Our adoration is exclusive.  It is given to God and God alone.
To adore anyone or anything but God is to participate in idolatry.
To adore God in Jesus Christ
is to believe in the existence of an absolute.
He is the absolute center of love, of values, of ethical norms.
 
Adoration reflects an attitude, a disposition of confident commitment before God.
Our desire is to come before God wholeheartedly (not fragmented), not hiding anything.
Adoration entails a total dedication of our will to God and to God’s ways.
 
Another way to look at it…
adoration stands in direct opposition, it is contrary to,
what is demanded of us by the Tempter, by Satan.
The implication here is that in moments of temptation, the best human response,
to best protection, the best defense, as far as remaining faithful to God, is adoration of God.
 
Let us accept the invitation.  Let us come before the Lord in adoration.
 
Our prayer today:  “O Lord, you are worthy of anything and everything we have to offer.  With reverence and gratitude we come before Your Word made flesh, Jesus Christ.  May we join those who throughout history have proclaimed to the world…’we have found the Lord:  come and see’.  Amen!”