It is by means of worship that man recognizes his absolute
dependence upon God, comes into His presence, and gains practical
knowledge of His goodness and sovereign majesty.
Father Marie-Dominique Philippe, founder of the Congregation of
St. John and one of the twentieth century s most profound
theological and pastoral minds, takes us back to the First
Commandment, back to the primacy of worship, in You Shall Worship
One God. For only by recognizing the singular importance of
worship, of making ourselves an offering of love before God, can we
hope to fulfill the other commandments and develop a deep and
lasting spiritual life.
Divine revelation, says Father Philippe, presents true worship to
us in the form of sacrifice. The Old Testament stories in which
goods and lives are offered to God, and the holocausts and
oblations of the Jewish Temple, train God s people to express their
love and fidelity and penitence through sacrifice. In so doing they
also prefigure and prepare us for the Passion of Our Lord on
Calvary, the perfect and lasting sacrifice that completes and gives
meaning to all the others. Christ s offering of Himself is at root
a sacrifice of filial worship, glorifying the Father in the truest
way possible and thereby effecting the greatest spiritual fruits.
You Shall Worship One God is a fascinating study of the
development of sacrificial worship throughout salvation history, a
rich meditation on the mystery of the Cross, and a necessary
reminder to our busy world that the heart of Christianity is found
not in service to our fellow man, but in recognizing the Lord s
supreme majesty before all. Such worship is essential to salvation,
says Father Philippe, for it makes us die to ourselves in order to
proclaim that God is first.
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