The Church of Saint Agnes

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Christmas Weekday

Date: 
Tue, 01/03/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Christmas for us is more than a social and cultural holiday.
Now that all the external trappings with lights and trees and parties have all but passed
we linger at the scene painted for us by the Scriptures.
We’re not ready to move on just yet.
 
God is at work here.
There is something happening here beyond human measure.
We can see, we can imagine, we can place ourselves within the stillness
but in the end we recognize that something is happening here beyond the grasp of human understanding.
 
We accept as a fundamental belief that God is the reality that determines our existence.
And if we want to understand our purpose in this world,
if we want to find the true meaning of our lives,
then we must pursue a greater understanding of God.
Since Christmas is of God,
then our reflection upon and our comprehension of this event
will contribute to the building up of our relationship to and with God.
 
As disciples of Jesus we not only hang on to his words,
we not only glory in the wonder of his miracles,
we not only praise him for his sacrifice.
We also appreciate his very presence.
Who he is and what he does are intimately linked.  Yes!
Together they make for salvation.
But my observation is that much if not most of our Christian experience
winds up revolving around “doing”:
say your prayers, read the bible, go to church, practice charity, be willing to sacrifice.
 
Being in Christ is just as important as “doing what Jesus did”.
The danger of always “doing” and never taking time to “be”
is that our ego becomes inflated; we become proud of what we are doing.
We start thinking we deserve what God offers.
We start acting like we are entitled to divine favor.
And we start judging those who don’t do what we do….holding them in contempt.
We start thinking we have all the answers.
 
We chose to let the Christmas event, the birth of Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior of the world,
we chose to let this event shape our lives…our “being” in this world.
People who are in love, who grow in love,
eventually realize that being in the presence of the object of love
is just as significant as doing something with and/or for the object of love.
 
Jesus came into this world as a helpless newborn child.
At this stage a child can’t “do” anything besides cry, eat, sleep and produce smelly diapers.
A newborn child can only “be”.
A good spiritual exercise during this time of Christmas celebration
is to imagine ourselves as newborn infants in the arms of God.  A time to just “be”.
 
Our prayer for today:  “O Lord, as we embrace your Son, help us to become one with him in his helpless newborn state.  Help us to believe and to trust that You will do what needs to be done to protect us and provide for us…that You will carry us because we can’t carry ourselves.  Amen!”
 

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