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In reflecting on Handel’s Messiah, Joseph E. McCabe wrote:


“Never again are we to look at the stars, as we did when we were children, and wonder how far it is to God. A being outside our world would be a spectator, looking on but taking no part in this life, where we try to be brave despite all the bafflement. A God who created, and withdrew, could be mighty, but he could not be love.


Who could love a God remote, when suffering is our lot? Our God is closer than our problems, for they are out there, to

be faced; He is here, beside us, Emmanuel.”


SOURCE: Joseph E. McCabe

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