September 8, 2016 - Emmanuel

The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill
what the Lord had said through the prophet:

Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.”

Matthew 1:18-23

Much ink is spilled on the claim that Jesus is the product of a virgin birth.  Is it literally true?  Who cares.

Jesus is not a proof of God's existence. Jesus represents the fact that our God is not distant, doesn’t hide in magisterial, detached splendor, doesn’t expect us to endure pain and suffering alone. No, He is not an unmoved mover.  He is with us.