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Adoration has no gratification; it doesn’t give precise benefits. Even more, the worshiper in Spirit and truth doesn’t worry about such gratifications. If we don’t start by accepting this "uselessness" of God, we will never know what it is to adore.



In the western hemisphere, the disease is called pragmatism and this disease, eventually leads to death. The bottom line, even among the men of the Church, is the underling concern of what is it good for. Frequently, our criteria is contaminated by the unconscious and omnipresent concern what is the benefit. For a project to have approval, we previously make it meet that parameter, which without a doubt, is the camouflaged son of selfishness and myopia.

Adoration has no purpose, not even for us to be better. Adoration is eminently gratuitous: It consists of celebrating by celebrating: Being and Love, because He deserves it. Because He is so beyond anything, it is worth for everyone to find out, for everyone to recognize and rejoice with that news. And may everyone be happy that the Lord is God. If one does not start by deeply accepting this "uselessness" of adoration, we will progressively fall down the steps of frustration.

Like a candle that is unnecessarily consumed (unnecessary because we already have electric light), the worshiper also lives uselessly (that is why his life is gratuitous), he lives only to proclaim that God is great. It is useless that I recognize or proclaim Him; I mean to say, to proclaim Him or not to proclaim Him as Great, either way He is Great. My work is superfluous. In this way, the greatest uselessness is transformed into the greatest utility, because there is nothing more transforming than gratuitous adoration. In the kingdom of the worshiper value judgments like rotten scaffolds are disarmed; egocentric movements lose direction and impulse; selfish laws like obsolete customs lose their validity. When the owner disappears, the properties disappear and the son begins to feel he is poor as if he had nothing when he has everything; when he does have everything his desires disappear; when desires disappear, fears disappear since fear is a feeling of not achieving what is desired. And, oh paradox, fullness is reached through gratitude! Things are like that, regardless of my perception. God is like that, whether I know it or not. Although I live with my closed eyes or with my back to reality, that is the reality.

When man accepts with ease and happiness that He is like that, when the son assumes and recognizes the Loving Sameness of the Lord God, that man is a worshiper, and feels the full sense of freedom, he feels (how can one say it?) light, agile. Dead or alive, bitter or happy, Love takes care of me, looks at me, reaches out his hand, even though I don't feel his caress on my skin. Whether I realize it or not, everything that extends before my sight is a gift from the Father and things are beautiful.


From the book Sensing Your Hidden Presence by Fr. Ignacio Larrañaga

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