O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster,exspectatio Gentium, et Salvator earum:veni ad salvandum nos, Domine, Deus noster.
English:O Emmanuel, our king and our lawgiver,the hope of the nations and their Saviour:Come and save us, O Lord our God.
Yesterday I went another parish, one that a friend is Music director at. Yesterday’s readings had the Isaiah verse that are apart of the readings for the day, which is neat because the Vesper for today, actually has this antiphon. I digress though – Father’s homily was on point, and he talked about in a nutshell, that God with us is so much more then a name. God is with us in the happiest and darkest times of our lives.
This hit home to me,because its easy to get wrapped up not only in the hustle of the lead up to Christmas -(lets face it, even the most “Pious” of us get caught up in some of the commercialism), but also in the depressive state that comes of spending money relentlessly (on multiple fronts personally right now), the anxiety of not having enough time to get it all done, and the eventual despair that is an end result. Emmanuel is more then who Jesus is, its the very core of how he is, and what he does.
I cant for a moment fathom.. WHY God would even bother at times. I mean, if you look at the world… its easy to say we deserve every bit of damnation we are working on. In Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, Marley, the ghost of Scrooges long dead partner, tells him he forged his chain in life, link by link. One has to wonder at the collective chain of humanity at these points, not only because of our in deference to our fellow man, but also by the black place we have gone with our sins. If you truly applied a legalistic approach to this, a mortal would greatly question the wisdom of a God, who sent the most precious of people , his Only Son… to Be like us, in everything but our sins, and to die like so many of us do, in obscurity, pain, and unceremoniously
The only answer is Love. Only pure love, which is the very essence of the +Trinity, could warrant such an undeserving action. God is with us, in every way through the Word made flesh. “He knows our pains, to our weakness no stranger, his Law is love and his Gospel is peace”. Love – Love is the only way something like this could happen. Not the lie the media has us believe now about people and their choices, or a presupposed acceptance of people on any level, but true Love. A love that never made a demand… and simply gave everything.
God is Love , and Love, in its purest form is among us. May it renew in us hope, hope that we are eventually saved from ourselves. That alone gives someone like me a chance. God loves me enough to truly meet me on my own terms, but very much on his terms, comes with invitation that I might take a step up the ladder, which eventually ascends to perfection.