So where exactly is God?
According to the prophet Jeremiah God ‘is in the midst of us, and, we are called by thy name,’ Jeremiah then adds the plea ‘leave us not, O Lord our God,’ (Jeremiah 14, 9). Christianity holds that God is indeed in the midst of us through the all pervading, ever present, Holy Spirit. Of course at Christmas we celebrate the human incarnation of the Divine, in the Babe of Bethlehem.
God, whilst always being present, may be mysteriously encountered through prayer, quite medication and contemplation. In his generosity God reveals His presence, His mystery, in the ordinary things of life; words, bread, water and wine, for instance. In calling us by name God is inviting us to relate to Him, to experience Him, to commune with Him, but also to serve and follow Him. So here is an Advent question: Where are you looking for God? In our very midst, in the soup of life, in ordinary relationships, in the word, through the sacraments, or elsewhere, in some outer orbit beyond our ken?
Sometimes it appears the truth which can set us free is right under our noses? St. Paul certainly came to this conclusion, for in Acts 17, 27-28 we read: ‘From one ancestor, he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted times for their existence and the boundaries of the places they would search for God and perhaps grope for Him and find Him – though he is not very far from each one of us.’
Where are you looking for God?