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GOD WITH US, Fr Oluwafemi Victor Orilua, CSSp


1st Reading Proverb 8:22-31, 2nd Reading: Romans 5:1-5, Gospel: 16:12-15.


God is spirit. We are the works of his hands. He made us for himself and we cannot achieve our eternal destiny without him. Man’s fall and his expulsion from the Garden of Eden cannot cut him off from the works of his hand. His presence among men became concrete again when he came in his Son our Lord Jesus Christ.

However, the three years he stayed with the disciples was moment of security and assurance. Unfortunately, this was shattered by the three days of his seeming absence in the belly of the earth. More so, his arrest heralded a period of darkness and confusion which shook the faith of his disciples and led them to abandon him. It was as if God was no longer present until the Lord rose from the dead. His departure at his ascension would have created a psychological void if not for the promised Holy Spirit in whose person his continuous presence will be established.

And the Lord said,

I have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glory me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” John 16:12-15

The Holy Trinity is one God relating with the world. The three persons become manifest in God’s attempts to keep communication line with man. He will always keep us as our almighty Father, in his beloved Son through the Holy Spirit.

In all, God is with us. No matter what we may be passing through, God is present. In times of insecurity, God is not far. In times of suffering, he is close. He cannot ignore or neglect the vine which his right hand has planted.

May we experience a boost in our faith. And may we never be deprived of the Lord’s presence. Amen.



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