It is also this freedom to choose which enables us to experience a deep inner peace whichno worldly source can ever give. He holds out to us the promise of everlasting peace if only we are willing to be obedient to His commands.He invites us to take His outstretched hand, He will lift us up when we fall; all envy andstrife shall cease, the Lord’s plans are simply peace.Antiphon 3:
O King of the Gentiles and the Desired of all, you are the cornerstone that binds two into one. Come, and save man whom you fashioned out of clay. Joy -
We desire to be united as a people the world over, real unity can only happen if each one of us is united to Him who fashioned us out of clay, united to Him who is thecornerstone. Then only can we become “living stones” united with one another, livingstones that will be used to build up the Kingdom.We must recognize that we are truly created in His image and are called to reflect all thatis good in Him. Yet, how often times do we distort that image when we choose to befilled up with the things of this world? We think we are defined by the possessions weacquire and by the means we go about to obtain those possessions. The pursuit of thesethings fills us with a misguided expectation of happiness and joy. The riches of the worldcan only bring about a temporary joy whereas the riches of God’s Kingdom promise awealth of joy for eternity.Antiphon 4:
O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Expected of the nations and their
Savior. Come and save us, O Lord our God. Love –
Do we realize that we go about seeking love in all the wrong places? We expect that acertain someone will be our “soul mate” and will fulfill all our longings. And all toooften, relationship after relationship, we are abandoned by the one to whom we give our lives to. It all ends up as nothing but a fleeting love filled with broken promises. Wemove on, restlessly searching… for more of the same. “For you have formed us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless until we find rest inyou.”St. Augustine’s heart found rest in his Creator. He discovered that falling in love withGod was the greatest of all romances.God is Love and out of this great love did he first form us to live in the harmony of hishope, his peace, his joy and his love… and it is because of this love that He will never abandon His creation. And so to us, God Himself gives a sign of this everlasting love andcare, a sign of His romance with the created, the sign of His breaking through into theworld of His creation, “Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son and his name shall be called Emmanuel.”
God without us will keep us in the dark deep, but God with us will bring us out of thosedepths and raise us into His Light. His created shall become re-created. This is the goal of our lives, the love that we long for. This is the promise of a lasting love.