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Emmanuel - God is with Us
Sunday, December 22 2013

Matthew 1:23....

This Fourth Sunday of Advent, we are told that through Christ, God is with us:

"Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel," which means "God is with us." -Matthew 1:23, NAB

God is with us.  This statement is so simple yet so profound.  As we look at the world around us, do we really see the impact God has on it?

This is probably one of the greatest struggles many of us have at the intersection of religion and society.  Christmas is one of the most important Christian celebrations each year, but we seem to be losing that focus more and more.  Among the piles of presents, flashing lights, and depictions of Santa and his reindeer, it's hard to see the Nativity through all of the noise.

It may be hard to see Jesus in today's Christmas celebrations, but does that mean that He is no longer with us?  Are we celebrating Christ's birthday - even though He's a no-show to the party?

Regardless of the commercialization that fogs our view, God is still with us.  It may be more difficult to see Him, but that is because of our own choices.  The more we buy into society's view of Christmas, the harder it becomes.  Still, it's not too late.

Christmas is only days away, and I hope that you can find time to focus on the birth of our Savior this holiday season.  Inbetween your various party stops, spend a little time admiring the greatest gift any of us receive each season:  the birth of Christ.  Go to Mass, read your kids the Nativity story, and say a prayer together as a family.

Remember that God is with us - He has been since His birth in the manger.  Amid your many travels this week, make sure at least one of them is to the altar.  Merry Christmas!


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