Monday, October 29, 2012

Adoring Jesus in a Flash: Day 19 of 31 Days of Falling by Faith

"O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord."

Most of us, Christian or not, have sung this song at Christmastime. How many of us, however, have actually done this, that is, adored Jesus, "Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing"?

Today a Facebook friend posted a video of what has come to be called a "flash mob." In these videos, typically, someone in a public place begins to sing, or play an instrument or dance, and then gradually others join in as the rest of the crowd watches and listens. These performances aren't actually spontaneous, though they try to appear to be; rather, the singers or musicians or dancers have prepared for the occasion.

In June 2011, a brown-robed Franciscan monk stopped outside the entrance to a busy shopping center in Northwest England, set a dufflebag on the ground, pulled a white stole out of the bag, and hung it around his neck. He then took out of the bag a monstrance—a sort of statue that displays a consecrated wafer (a flat, round piece of bread that Catholics believe has been transformed into the resurrected body of Jesus Christ by a priest repeating the words that Jesus himself said over the bread at the Last Supper; see Matthew 26:26)—and lifted it above his head. At that moment, the loud reggae music that had been playing stopped and was replaced by a man's voice saying, "Jesus Christ is in every book of the Bible. In Genesis, Jesus is the Seed of the Woman."* As he continued ... well, you'll just have to watch to see what happens.

O come, let us adore Him--and not just at Christmas!


* The rest of the litany can be found here.

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