Capsule for the Day
"He is present in His absence, and absent in His presence". It sounds confusing, but that is the paradox of God. He is Emmanuel... God with us, but at the same time, He transcends us... He is bigger than us, but He is also one like us and with us. Getting even more confused. But that is the reality!
It is not uncommon to wrestle with the whole question of where is God or where was He when such and such happened. We tend to conclude His absence annihilates His presence. But the truth is He is present in His absence. His dramatic absence doesn’t mean He isn't God with us.
For He is always God with us... with our joys and with our sorrows... with our failings and with our successes... with our friends and with our foes. Our biggest temptation is we tend to reduce His presence to only our joys. We forget that He is the God who suffered, and with us in suffering.
Fr. Francis Afu