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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4th Week of Advent

Date: 
Mon, 12/19/2016
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Human history is complex to say the least.
It consists of the interactions and intersections of numerous factors: 
the play of natural elements and events, human passions,
the character and personality of individuals, social customs, cultural practices.
For those who believe in Jesus Christ, the plan and will of God are of great importance
as these are also factors, taken on faith, within the mix:
God directs human history from within according to His creative action.
Alongside the creation of humanity the most significant event in history
is the Incarnation, God taking on human flesh in Jesus Christ.
 
As we continue our Advent journey, we celebrate the goodness and wisdom of God.
As we “prepare the way” for the coming of the Lord at Christmas
we recall in faith the activity of God as He prepared the way for human salvation.
Holy, sacred, mysterious, unexplainable events led up to the birth of the Messiah.
 
Before the coming of Jesus Christ, God’s people waited for the promised Savior.
A remnant remained committed, alert, watchful.
When some mysterious, unexplained event occurred, people took notice.
They turned to God saying “maybe this the work of God”.
Their hope was reborn, reignited.
Such events provided them the assurance: “God is still with us”.
 
The conception of a child in the womb of a woman who was barren into old age
surely caught the attention of a waiting people…
especially when this was surrounded by and associated with visions, encounters with angels,
unusual circumstances, promises of deliverance, and the like.
As the days and months and years following such events unfolded
people remained disposed to whatever God might have been doing…
they maintained a faith-filled outlook.  Let’s see where this goes.
The people believed in God’s favor, God’s protection, God’s help.
They prayed as they waited. 
They praised Him when deliverance from the oppression of their enemies occurred.
And they remembered and celebrated the “signs” that God had come to save them.
Faith and hope in God determined their course of life.
 
As we wait for Christmas, we remember that it is a celebration of faith in God’s divine plan.
This event, the coming of Jesus into the world, determines how we live
and what we hope for in the future.
It is the foundation upon which we build the understanding of our own existence and being.
It is the foundation of our identity as children of God, the bedrock of truth.
It determines the criteria of our judgments, the values we pursue and adopt,
what is worthy of our attention and interest, how we think, where we find inspiration,
and what we embrace as a model, a blueprint for our lives.
It determines our participation in worldly endeavors and our concern for human progress.
 
As the people who came before Jesus did, let us dispose ourselves to God’s will and God’s plan.
 
Our prayer for today:  “O Lord, create within us a disposition of faith.  It is sometimes hard to know what you are doing in the moment.  Give us the patience to wait, the courage to trust, and hearts that proclaim with joy:  God is with us!  Amen!”