With this upcoming weekend being Pentecost Sunday, I thought this to be a good post to revisit today. Awe also means reverence, and reverence is a virtue. But, I am getting ahead of myself…
Wisdom, Counsel, Understanding, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Fear of the Lord (awe): These are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. We specifically receive these gifts at our Confirmation, when we become full-fledged Christian adults. However, in my rather long lifetime, I seem to receive these gifts over and over. The well never seems to run dry.
Apparently these gifts are important, since we seem to grasp for them at various junctures in our lives. We seek wisdom, counsel, knowledge and understanding whenever we need to make difficult, sometimes life-changing decisions. We seek Fortitude whenever hard times, suffering and persecution land on our doorsteps. We strive for piety by going to Church on Sundays, and adhering to the Ten Commandments. But, how often do we tap into “Fear of the Lord”? I am going to venture a guess and say, not very often. We go about our daily business, with little time for God; let alone time to contemplate His awesomeness. We may mumble under our breath a little prayer from time to time, seeking His assistance with a problem we might have, but the Adoration Chapel is usually not very well attended.
Worthy of Awe
Jesus sits in the Tabernacle awaiting your arrival, or in the Monstrance on the altar. Attending Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is the perfect way to cherish the gift of awe of God. It provides us with a means to show reverence for God; an opportunity to practice the virtue of reverence. Jesus’ heart jumps for joy when someone comes to pay Him a visit. Did you know that He loves to look at you? He sees His creation in you and is pleased. He loves to gaze at you, while you gaze at Him! Contemplating God’s omnipotence (all-powerful), omniscience (all-knowing) and omnipresence (all present) is something to be in awe of when attending Adoration. Give it a try sometime. You just might receive more gifts; like peace, joy and happiness as a result of the experience.