Thursday, December 19, 2013

Emmanuel--God is with us: Daily Mass Homily--Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

            Jesus Christ has many titles—son of man, son of God, Christ, Messiah, etc.  The title we hear the most during Advent is Emmanuel: “‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel’, which means ‘God is with us.’”
            Note the statement of fact in the meaning of Emmanuel—God is with us.  Emmanuel doesn’t mean God is with us if we are perfect, healthy, righteous or happy.  God simply is with us…no matter what.  He is with us if we are young or old, athletic or clumsy, smart or ignorant, upstanding or troublemaker.
            We pause this afternoon to remember that God is always with us.

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