What do you think of this? Ron Rolheiser distinguishes amazement from awe. Amazement is what the crowd feels when Jesus multiplies the loaves and fish. Amazement is what the apostles feel when they hear Jesus declare that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. In the latter instance Peter is so amazed that he asks the Lord, *Well, then, who can be saved?’
Awe, on the other hand, is what people feel when they are connected to God in prayer or, at least when they are one with God in wonder. Mary “ponders all these things in her heart.” She is not amazed, she is in wonder. This is something to think more about.
Amazement is what a crowd feels when a walk-off home-run wins a World Series. A flash of intense anger that comes gushing out of a crowd also makes a rabble act so as to riot. There is no thought here only intense emotion.
As we grow in discipleship we should recognize the difference between powerful emotional responses like being slain in the spirit and the pause that wonder creates in our lives. Amazement soon leaves us completely while wonder can endure and should endure in the soul of the mature disciple.