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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Saturday before Epiphany

Date: 
Sat, 01/03/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

The word “manifestation” means
a perceptible, outward, or visible expression;  a public demonstration of purpose; 
something readily perceived by the senses and especially by the sight.
The gospels during the Season of Christmas
present various manifestations of the Lord.
The most important being the birth of Jesus Christ.
The mystery and the truth unfolds over time:
this is not just any child; this is not just any destiny; this is not just any consequence.
To rush through this season is to overindulge in self-created pursuits
and to underestimate the greatness, the power, and the wonder of divine goodness and love.
 
This is God made visible; the Son of God come down from heaven.
They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.
He is the Good Shepherd who seeks out the stray, who gathers and guards his flock.
 
He is a shoot from Jesse’s tree, born of the line of David.
He is destined to save the world….a mighty king who will govern the people in truth.
Under his reign the people will find peace and security.
He shall do what is right in the land.
Justice and wisdom shall issue forth from his mouth.
 
He is the Lamb of God who, in his love, takes away our sin.
The redeemer who sets his people free.
His dominion is vast and forever peaceful…
it shall stretch from sea to sea and to the ends of the earth.
He shall be a light to the nations.
He will wipe every tear from the eyes of his people.
There shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away.
He brings a new heavens and a new earth.  His blessings abound.
By his obedience he makes amends for the disobedience of our first parents.
What was lost with the sin of Adam and Eve is restored.
His power is victorious over evil and death.
 
We celebrate this season with joy….
for the Lord has given us a new vision of his glory in the coming of his Son.
Christmas is more than retelling the story of the birth of the Christ child.
It commemorates the mystery of Emmanuel (God with us) breaking into our world.
It rejoices in the fulfillment of God’s saving purpose.
 
May a new song find its way into our hearts, a new devotion into our lives,
as we approach, bow down, adore the newborn Savior
…and embrace this unearned gift God has given to our world.