“God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him may not die but may have eternal life.”
God the Father, in union with his only Son and the Holy Spirit decided in amazing Infinite Love and Mercy, to save mankind from the terrible ravages of Original Sin, including Death. Even the angels must have been awestruck at such Infinite Love and Mercy. The Father would send His only Son to earth, clothing Him and uniting Him with humanity. The Son of God would willingly unite himself with mankind by becoming man, born of woman, uniting himself with every human being.
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”
This brings us to Mary daughter of Anne and Joachim. God decided that the child of their union would be free from the effects of Original Sin. Mary would be completely free from any stain of sin, from the first moment of her conception. Thus, through the power of the Holy Spirit, she would become a worthy tabernacle for God’s Son. God, through His archangel Gabriel, invited Mary to be the mother of His Son. Mary, on her part, was so much in love with God and His holy will that she gave her entire “yes” to God. And so we have the Incarnation. God’s Son, equal to the Father became a human being, while still remaining God.
Even in the womb of Mary, and throughout His life, Jesus was united, in a unique way, to every human being. This absolute, amazing, condescension of God brings to earth and to each person, the Infinite Love and Mercy of God. This means that we were in the person of Jesus’ every prayer, every thought, word and deed. In his every prayer to the Father, we were with Him.
In his birth at Bethlehem, we were with Him. In his flight into Egypt with Mary and Joseph, to live there as aliens, we were with Him. In his life at Nazareth with Mary and Joseph, we were with Him. In his Public Ministry and the outpouring of His Infinite Love and Mercy upon the multitudes, we were with Him and in Him. In His obedience to the Father’s will, we were with Him and in Him. Especially in His Passion, Death and Resurrection, we were with Him and in Him.
Christ is with us now and forever, in every moment of our lives. In our struggles, in our sin, in our ignorance and selfishness, He is with us.
“Father, forgive them they do not know what they are doing.”
Even on the cross, Christ Jesus makes excuses for us. In His glorious Resurrection, He rejoices for us and offers us forgiveness and peace. His Death is our redemption from Death. His Resurrection is our sharing in His Resurrection and true freedom from death.
“I am the Resurrection and the Life; whoever believes in me, though he should die, will come to life, and whoever is alive and believes in me will never die.”
Christ Jesus lives forever! He is hidden in the daily events of our lives, in every person we meet, in every joy and pain we can experience. He can never leave us. “I will never forget you, says the Lord.” “I am the light of the world, no follower of mine will ever walk in darkness; no, he shall possess the light of life.”
Heavenly Father, we love you with the love of Jesus; we praise you with the praise of Jesus; we thank you with the thanks of Jesus; we trust you with the trust of Jesus. Through Him and with Him and in Him, O God Almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, forever and ever. Amen.
MSGR. BRASSIL is a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York. Now retired, he assists in parishes and in spiritual guidance.