December 29, 2013 A View from the Rectory Window

In our Parish Religious Education Program leading up to Christmas, our children prayed anew the Christmas   story through, “A Lesson in Carols.”  This was a wonderful reflection on some scripture passages and traditional hymns that gave voice anew to the Christmas story.  And then, on December 15, a cold Sunday evening,          approximately 150 of our parish teens gathered around a fire in the retention pond to sing, with lighted candles, their favorite Christmas hymns.  I was struck on each occasion how these hymns have permeated the awareness of our young people.  In particular, I still smile, when I recall how these young men and women sang with       increasing enthusiasm, “O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!”

We (normally) adore our children, we (at times) adore our loved ones, we can be drawn into a climate that adores certain celebrities or certain things.  But, when was the last time you adored Him?

Wise men adored and worshipped Him.

“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.  Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews for we have seen his star in the east, and we are come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:1-2)

Shepherds adored Him.

“And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:16)

Listening to our young people sing made me more aware that to adore Him speaks about us.  Who (or what) do we adore?  When was the last time you adored Him?

Every First Friday of the month, in the Church of the Resurrection, from 9am-4:30pm, Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament, awaits us.  You have seen, in anticipation of this First Friday Adoration, a request in the    bulletin for people to sign up for an hour of adoration.

I encourage you and I invite you to take an hour for yourself before Our Lord.  Are you suffering, then come   before the Prince of Peace.  Are you struggling, then come before the Wonderful Counselor.  Are you tired or worn out, then know the enthusiasm of our young people who in their hearts always knew the words, “O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!”

Father Pete