Adore Him
Off the Wall, April 6
, 2012

Recently I overhead a priest say that there will be fewer people attending church during Easter than Christmas. To be truthful, that shocked me. After all, this special time of the year celebrates not only Jesus Christ dying for all mankind upon the cross, but being resurrected and returning to life to joining His Father in heaven. Anyone who does not think this is a fantabulous occasion, is, putting it politely, fooling himself.

But before I talk about Easter, I have to turn back to Christmas Eve, for I can’t help forget the voices of the Holy Family Parish’s Choir during Christmas Eve Mass. One of the hymns sung so perfectly among many was “O Come All Ye Faith.” Lawrence Byers had a solo that has forever stayed in my mind. In as much as his words were separate from the lyrics the congregation sings, they stood out, in particular. I find myself singing aloud, when I am alone, in my home its stanza, “Oh, Come Let Us Adore Him, Oh, Come Let Us Adore Him, Oh, Come Let Us Adore Him, Christ the Lord.” I’ve been doing this for over three months now. I often hope others are doing the same thing, but who knows.

I don’t care if you are a Roman Catholic, Methodist or Presbyterian, these Christmas lyrics from the stanza, should be sung year-around, particularly at Easter.

As I see it, not many people hear the word, “adore,” any more.

I can’t imagine a husband approaching his wife and stating, “Honey, I adore you.” Maybe, “Sweetie, you’re for me,” but the word, “adore” never enters the picture.

Recently, while trying to memorize the “Gloria,” a new part of the liturgy of the Roman Catholic Mass, not only three words popped out at me, but spoke to me as well – “We adore you.” Is that five-letter word is starting to make its comeback?

And when it comes to this time of the year, in all due respect, it should. Tell me, now, why should we not adore Him? If we take into consideration the true meaning of the word, one of its definitions hits it squarely on the nose, as the saying goes (didn’t mean to rhyme) – “to have divine devotion for.”

If we travel through the week feeling remorse for our Savior with all Jesus had to endure, then, it goes without saying, WE HAVE TO ADORE HIM!

Let’s first consider the Lord’s Supper. He held up the host and stated, “This is my body, given for you. Anyone who eats this in remembrance of me shall have eternal life. Likewise, He did with His Blood. How could we not adore Him for creating this, the first Eucharist, that He shared with His disciples?

Then, think of Jesus hauling the cross to eventually be hung on it, a man dying who was innocent who did nothing wrong. He was mocked and spat on as He lugged it to Calvary. Once again, how can He not be adored?

Picture this. Jesus is lying on the cross with one arm extended. Through His hand a spike is being pounded. Was it done to please Pontius Pilate? Probably…How about the soldier who was ordered to do it? Questionable at best. But both hands were fastened to the wooden structure on our behalf. For it would be disclosed that Christ could have come down, but stayed there to redeem us from our sins. How could we NOT adore him?

And as He hung there, grimacing in pain, bleeding, head hung down, dying in a fashion that was so cruel, He did so for us. “Oh, come let us adore Him…”

He was taken down off that cross, once it was revealed that He had died. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains, ‘“By the grace of God,’ Jesus tasted death ‘for every one.’ In His plan of salvation, God ordained that His Son should not only ‘die for our sins,’ but should also ‘taste death,’ experience the condition of death, the separation of His soul from His body, between the time he expired on the cross and the time He was raised from the dead (624).” “We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we, too, might walk in newness of life 627).” “Oh, come let us adore Him, Christ… the Lord.”

May each of you have a very joyous, blessed and happy Easter!

- Paul J. Volkmann
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