Emmanuel: The Plea and the Promise

EWTN has a good story for the 4th Sunday of Advent, “God is with us.”
Father Thomas Rosica explains “…In the name ‘Emmanuel,’ we find the answer to humanity’s deepest longings for God throughout the ages. Emmanuel is both a prayer and plea (on our behalf) and a promise and declaration on God’s part. When we pronounce the word, we are really praying and pleading: “God, be with us!” And when God speaks it, the almighty, eternal, omnipresent Creator of the world is telling us: “I am with you” in this Child. In the baby Jesus, God is “with us,” not merely to bless us in some sort of cameo appearance at one difficult moment in history. Nor is God with us in that he is going to use Jesus to help us, protect us, rescue us from danger and guide us. No — the little Lord Jesus asleep in the manger of Bethlehem is “God with us” because he is God.” — see Father Rosica’s full reflection here http://www.ewtn.com/vnews/getstory.asp?number=110189

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