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Friday, May 11, 2012

St. Ambrose of Milan: GOD With Us

The Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew 1:23 (NIV)

"The Virgin will be with child and will give birth to a SON, and they shall call HIM IMMANUEL"--which means "GOD with us."

We read and believe many things in light of the Incarnation. But even in our human feelings, we can observe GOD's greatness. For example, JESUS is wearied by HIS journey so that HE can refresh the weary. HE desires a drink when HE is about to give spiritual water to the thirsty. HE was hungry when HE was about to supply the Food of Salvation to the hungry. HE dies to live again. HE is buried to rise again. HE hangs on the dreadful Cross to strengthen those in dread. HE veils the heaven with a thick darkness so that HE can give light. HE makes the earth shake so that HE may make it strong. HE rouses the sea so that HE can calm it. HE opens the tombs of the dead so that HE can show that they are the homes of the living. HE is born of a Virgin so that people can believe HE is born of GOD. HE pretends not to know so that HE can make the ignorant know. As a Jew HE is said to worship so that the SON may be worshiped as the True GOD. --St. Ambrose of Milan

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