December 18, 2019

“God is with us.”

A presence in troubled times.

Surely, Joseph and Mary did not doubt the presence of God in their lives even though their lives were difficult—a child born out of wedlock; a donkey ride, a stable for the night and an escape from Herod’s butchers.

Oftentimes, we live in the moment but consider how the events of biblical history include us. Did Joseph even think his role in the biblical history of God’s plan included him to take significant steps forward all because of a dream? For many of us divine dreams are unchartered territory. Our faith continues to tell us God is present and God is with us. Once we have fully accepted God’s presence we then do not bargain. We accept his plan. Maybe our donkey rides are not comfortable but like Mary, we accept the difficulties because we trust God.

Fr. Eymard continuously reminds us when we are weary, tired of our troubles or tired of our sins, we will find rest and comfort in his eucharistic presence. We are encouraged to find strength to overcome and accept what the Lord has given us.

In receiving the body and blood of Christ we say “Amen” to give verbal credence that we accept and embrace all the events that lead to this moment of receiving his body and blood.

Let Us Pray:

Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
who alone does wondrous deeds.
And blessed forever be his glorious name;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory.

(Psalm 8:19)


Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)


About Joe McCormack

Joe McCormack is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament and a parishioner at St Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland, Ohio.