God Really With Us
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus,
What makes something real? More specifically, what makes God’s love for us real? Love isn’t something we can hold in our hand, measure on a scale, or quantify in mathematical terms. So what makes God’s love real for us?
Psalm 98 says: ” The LORD has made his salvation known: in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.” God made His Love known by revealing Himself to us in Jesus. All of a sudden, love was someone we could hold in our hands!
“And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.” Jesus made God’s love visible and tangible, even as a little child in Mary’s arms. Jesus made God’s words audible when He spoke. He made Himself present to us for all time by the institution of the Eucharist, giving us His Body and Blood to hold, to consume, and to be our nourishment. We can know the reality of God’s love for us as He says: “this is my Body…given up for you; this is the chalice of my Blood…poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
He came that we might know Him concretely. He comes to us again in every Mass that we might continue to live in Him—to know, love, and serve Him in this life, and look forward to being with Him in the greater reality of Heaven. What could be more real than this? He really is Emmanuel—God-with-us.
Peace in Christ, Today’s Readings: GN 15:1-6; 21:1-3 HEB 11:8, 11-12, 17-19
Father Matthew Kuhn LK 2:22-40
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