“You are indeed Holy and to be glorified, O God, who love the human race and who always walk with us on the journey of life,” begin the four Eucharistic Prayers for Use in Masses for Various Needs. Jesus is our greatest proof that God indeed loves the human race—not because we are sinless, but because, even then, we are still made in God’s image and likeness. God is indeed always with us.
Our mental images of God tend to emphasize God’s justice, power, and majesty. We readily apply our experience to God. It is equally valid—and the Bible does it—to see God as a lover. The Old Testament’s Song of Songs has long been understood as describing God’s love for the Jewish people.
The Incarnation widens that circle; God loves Jews and gentiles. Jesus has indeed “pitched his tent among us” (the literal meaning of John 1:14). The Incarnation allows us to understand the Trinity; without the Incarnation, we would probably never dare to address God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Incarnation demonstrates God’s love and mercy more than God’s justice.
May all of us be blessed in this holy season!
This post is from the “Dear Reader” column of St. Anthony Messenger magazine. To subscribe to this award-winning magazine, go here.