But let us digest each word on its own. Let’s start with “presence”. Ever since God created man after His own image and likeness, God desired to always have a presence, or in other words, God desired to have a relationship with man. Throughout the Old Testament, we see this over and over played out, and each time, God becomes more present to humanity. We can see this when God dwelt among the Israelites in the form of the pillar of cloud or in the Ark of the Covenant. God has always desired a relationship with man. Yet man continued to abandon God, although He revealed Himself evermore. God even became man, just so that man might have a stronger relationship with God. This relationship, however, does not just stop when Christ dies on the cross for mankind. No, God still wishes to live among us, and He does this through the Sacraments of the Church. By receiving the Sacraments, which Christ Himself has given to the Church, God continues to have a relationship with his people.
However, a relationship between God and man can only happen if one says “yes”. You see, although, God desires a relationship with man, God does not need a relationship with man in order to survive. Yet God has given to man the freedom to choose a relationship with him or to deny that relationship. Here we have the free will to choose. We can see this throughout the Old Testament also. One example is Abraham, when God called him to pack up his things and set out to the land God had promised him. Likewise in the New Testament, the biggest example is Mary’s yes, because, without her yes, Christ Himself would never have been born. People, however, can say no. For example, Christ told the rich young man in Matthew’s Gospel to sell all of his belongings and give them to the poor and then to “come follow Me.” Yet the man went away sad, because he had many possessions. God asked the rich young man to follow him, to be one of His disciples, yet the man was sad to give up his possessions. Although we do not know what happened to the rich young man, we can infer that he did not come back to follow Christ, because we do not hear about him throughout the rest of the Bible, nor through the Traditions of the Church. By saying no, we then cut God out of the picture, and therefore we have no relationship with God.
And so, I say to you, whoever is reading this, say yes to God, in everything you do. I promise that by doing God’s will, rather than your own will, you will be more satisfied. Not only will you be more satisfied, but you will also strengthen your relationship with God, who has loved you into existence. By choosing a relationship with God, rather than a relationship with the world, you will have treasure in Heaven, “and you will inherit eternal life.”
I pray that you may truly open your hearts to God, so that you may never say no, but continue to say yes in whatever God asks of you, so that you may grow into a deeper relationship with God Himself. God Bless you.