Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
One Sunday, having finished mass, the
Nakamura family returned home. That
dayfs gospel was the story of the
prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). The main
character is the father of the two sons.
The older brother had helped and
supported the father for a number of
years. The younger brother had converted
his inheritance into money, had moved to
a far land, and wasted his inheritance
money. Nonetheless, the father, trusting his younger son, waited every day for his return.
That day, the priest had commented, gThe father is an image of Godfs loveh.
Mr Nakamurafs son asked his father, gIs God big or small?h There happened to be a plane
flying high in the sky. The father asked his son, gIs that plane big or small?h The son
replied, gFather, that plane is very smallh.
The next day, the father took his son to an airport. The father again asked his son, gIs
that plane big or small?h The son answered, gThat plane is very big.h The father agreed.
Then the father explained that it was the same with God. When we are far from Him, He seems
small to us. But, when we are near Him, He is big. In this way, the father was able to explain
to his son how the size of things depends on our distance from them.
And so it is the same for us. Godfs gsizeh depends on our position in relation to Him.
And as in the parable, when we have gone away from Him, He is waiting for us to return.
In spite of everything, he is waiting for us with open arms.
God wants to be with us always. For this reason, He became man and dwelt among us. And
shepherds, wise men, and angels all worshipped Him, even though He was a small, weak, crying
baby. He approaches us as a baby. And this Christmas season, Jesus will approach us in a
But, we, too, can approach God. We can do this when we pray, read scripture, and partake of
the Eucharist and the sacrament of Penance. We can also do this by feeding the hungry,
clothing the naked, and visiting the sick and isolated. By helping these people God comes
nearer to us. Both St. Francis of Assisi and Mother Theresa had this view of the world.
Now, what size does God appear to you?