One of the most astonishing truths of our faith is that the eternal, divine Son of God became human like us in all things but sin.  Since Christ didn’t come to save angels but human beings, he didn’t appear in some ethereal fashion, nor was he born amid the trappings of a royal court.  The Second Vatican Council described it this way: By his Incarnation the Son of God has united himself in some fashion with every man.  He worked with human hands, he thought with a human mind, acted by a human choice, and loved with a human heart.  (Lumen Gentium 20)

When we are feeling down or have a problem, we generally look for someone who will understand us, someone who can appreciate how we feel.  Sharing a problem with someone who has gone through a similar ordeal is much more comforting than talking to some professional counsellor who may not have experienced what we feel.

On almost every page of the gospels we see Our Lord reaching out to others with understanding and empathy.  We’ve just heard how Our Lord cured Peter’s mother-in-law because he knew in his own heart how he felt about his own mother, Mary. In fact, throughout his life Our Lord either experienced or shared in almost every possible human emotion, both joyful and painful.

In Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, our God is not removed from us and our human situation.  He is close to us in every aspect of our lives, and he is always ready to hear our prayers with understanding and to direct them to the Father of us all.



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