"As we begin the New Year, may we discover anew that faith demands worship. If we can fall on our knees before Jesus, we will overcome the temptation to set off on our own path.
For worship involves making an exodus from the greatest form of bondage: slavery to oneself.
Worship means putting the Lord at the centre, not ourselves. It means giving things their rightful place, and giving the first place to God.
Worship means making God’s plan more important than our personal time, our entitlements and our spaces.
It is to accept the teaching of Scripture: “You shall worship the Lord your God” (Mt 4:10). Your God: worship means realizing that you and God belong together to one another. It means being able to speak to him freely and intimately. It means bringing our lives to him and letting him enter into them. It means letting his consolation come down to earth.
Worship means discovering that, in order to pray, it is enough to say: “My Lord and my God!”, and to let ourselves be pervaded by his tender love." (Pope Francis, Solemnity of the Epiphany 2020)