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: 
Tue, 12/20/2016
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

I have an idea.   Let’s take a moment at this time, go around the room,
and one by one, talk about how our spiritual preparations for Christmas have been panning out…
…give everyone here the opportunity to express what has been taking place within
as a result of this Advent season of 2016.
 
Here are a few questions to get you started:
“What did you expect to happen this Advent and did these expectations bear fruit?
Has anything changed in your thinking:  attitudes, dispositions?
Have you experienced any insights or new understandings?
Have you gained any wisdom?
The word ‘advent’ comes from the Latin word for ‘arrival’, the arrival of something new.
Think of the word ‘adventure’.
Has this time of Advent been an adventure?
Have you discovered and/or welcomed into your life something new?  (A new relationship perhaps.)
Have you gone to any new places, experienced any new emotions, responded in new ways?
Adventures entail dangers and risks.
Have you willingly confronted and overcome any of your fears?
Have you taken any risks as far as reaching out to people, or addressing some injustice,
or living out your faith in some new way?
What resistance have you encountered in yourself and in others
with regards to trying new ways of being in the world?
[On a personal note, I find myself to be somewhat of an opportunist when it comes to adventure.
I don’t plan for it but will take advantage of it if a situation arises.
I tend to rely on serendipity….the unforeseen and unplanned arrival of some benefit or favor.]
 
We adjust the volume of the music we’re listening to, we adjust the thermostat,
we adjust the mirrors in our car…etc.
What adjustments have you made as far as comfort and tolerance and patience and desire?
Have you become aware of and fostered the pursuit of any new life-giving interests?
 
Now let’s add, or at least raise our awareness, bring into our immediate consciousness,
the element of faith.
Imagine what would happen if God left us to our own devices.
As I say this I hope your inner responses include something like
“life would be a disaster” and “that’s not what I believe is happening in my life or in the world.”
 
Our faith assures us that God does not leave us or our world on our own.
God didn’t create and then just walk away and say “make it work”.
Today’s scripture readings reveal a God who takes the initiative,
in spite of human weakness, human fear, human pride, to do what is necessary to bring about salvation.
 
Bringing this down to a personal level, God is not content with leaving us alone.
Because of the ways in which God has acted throughout history,
we can foresee and anticipate how God will act in the present.
Let’s go back to our questions with this in mind…
How did you expect God to work in your life this Advent season?
How do you think He was attempting to bring salvation into your life?
What adventures did God make available to you?  Did you accept or decline the invitation?
Like the Virgin Mary, did you accept, with deliberate consent
any long term commitments and/or responsibilities?
Did you choose to forego any worldly benefits for a greater spiritual gain?
 
Our prayer for today:  “O Lord, there are so many ways in which my life needs to be modified, improved, made holy.  Instead of always doing what is expedient, help me to do what is honorable in Your sight.  Amen!”