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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3rd Week of Advent

Date: 
Fri, 12/22/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Mary recognizes the activity of God and she responds with praise.
She magnifies the Lord.
She sees beyond her personal experience; she sees the big picture.
Elizabeth says “Mary, you are great.”
And Mary says “Oh no, God is great.  I accept the blessing of what is happening…
but it is God who is great.”
 
Mary is joyful as she sings God’s praise,
as she recognizes and acknowledges how God fulfills His promise.
Israel has longed for the reign of God’s justice,
longed for a time when all people will be given what they deserve:
to be judged worthy of acceptance, honor, respect;
to be welcomed into the community because of their human dignity
because of their status as God’s children….
and not be rejected, denied access because of their poverty,
their powerlessness, their low place in the social order of things.
Mary is joyful in her awareness of what is happening…
God’s promise is being fulfilled through an event that surpasses
all previous divine activity:  the incarnation.
 
And as we draw close to that day, the birth day of the Savior,
we are given a glimpse of what was in Mary’s heart
so that we too might reflect upon this most glorious act of divine concern…
come to a deeper awareness of what has happened
so as to come to a deeper awareness of what is happening…
come to see how God is bending down in the year 2017
and bringing divine justice to where it does not yet exist.
 
Mary provides a pattern for us in these days before Christmas
as we eagerly wait for the Lord.
Let us make Mary’s words our own…
not as tape recorders with play back buttons
but as people who are willing to accept the Lord into our hearts
and bring his presence more fully into our world;
…as people who are willing to give more weight to God’s power
than to our own sinfulness.
To say “I am not worthy Lord” is to put ourselves at the center.
To say “your grace makes me worthy” puts God at the center
and that’s exactly what Mary did….she allowed God to be the center of her life.
 
When this happens our prayer changes:  what was once “Maranatha:  Come Lord Jesus”
now becomes “Emmanuel:  you O God, are with us.”
 
Today’s prayer:  “O Lord, like Mary, we stand in awe of the mystery of the Incarnation.  We use her words to express what is in the deepest part of our souls.  May Your Son find us ready as He comes into this world.  Amen!”