Deuteronomy 4:1,5-9 Reflection:
Today's first reading contains a saying by Moses that sums up the whole of the Bible and what the Christian faith is about.
"Indeed, what great nation is there that has its gods so near as the Lord our God is to us whenever we call to him?"
For the people of Israel their God was a god who intervened in their history, both in the history of the people and the individual.
The ultimate sign of this intervention is the person of Jesus. He comes as God and man to reveal the Father to us; he is Emmanuel,"God with us."
This closeness of God is the whole centre of the Christian message and it is still there in the form of the Eucharist, the time when Jesus keeps his promise to be with us always, even to the end of time.
Our God is not a distant God, a remote god who does not keep us in mind. He is involved in the intimate details of our lives, is concerned with our worries and problems and is close to us whenever we call to him.
It's that closeness, that intimacy that is so beautiful about our faith. We have a God who wants to be involved in every detail of our lives and who can help us in any situation.