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Being Lifted Up By The Lord


December 2, 2016

There are many deeply profound teachings about why the Lord chose to be born into this world. But on one level it’s very simple. The Lord chose to be born into this world so that He could reach us and lift us up, even from our fallen state.

Prior to the Lord’s advent, the human race had sadly chosen to reject the Lord’s Divine love and light. We became so immersed in merely worldly and selfish things, that the Divine was no longer able to reach us. He could no longer lift our minds into the light of heaven, nor our hearts into heaven’s warmth.  So what did the Lord do?  He chose to be born into this world.

By being born into this world, the Lord made it so that He could again be present with us, even in our lowest states. After conquering the hells and glorifying His own Human, the Lord gave us access to Him in a way that had never been possible before. This new access made it possible for the Lord to save us from our fallen condition. If we choose to follow Him, the Lord now has the ability to lift us back up, into the light and warmth of His heavenly kingdom. He can help us to understand and focus on spiritual realities, while at the same time filling our hearts with spiritual affections for the Lord and our neighbor.

This Christmas think about how present the Lord is. Are we allowing the Lord’s presence to lift us upward?

“For the Supreme Divine Itself was no longer able to reach the human race which had removed itself so far away from the celestial things of love, and from the spiritual things of faith, that people did not even recognize them any more, let alone perceive them. Consequently to enable the Supreme Divine to come down to all such as this, the Lord came into the world and united the Human to the Divine within Himself.” (Arcana Coelestia 2776)