The evidence is becoming more obvious: the number of vulnerable people is growing at an alarming rate. There are so many men and women who feel lonely, unwanted, driven out, without a desire to go on living; and so many who cannot keep up with modern times, and hence feel unhappy and unattended. The problem becomes so much more serious when a person feels left out. We need someone with whom to share our impotence and loneliness. Every day, we find more and more persons running into more and more people, but who feel profoundly lonesome. Nobody seems to have time to stop and meet the other and listen to his/her story. Everyone keeps his/her own problems. Hence the number of people who need to be listened to keeps growing; yet those who are willing to listen are so few! There is a crisis of confidentiality.
Scripture exegetes do not hesitate when it comes to interpret the substance of Jesus’ message. It can be put very succinctly: “We are not left alone,” God is with us. He is like a father following us all through our lives. We can feel his presence every time we help each other in an honest and friendly manner. The early Christian communities knew this so well that a gospel, written around the year 80, could not find a better way to refer to Jesus than “Emmanuel”, which meant, “God among us”. It cannot be said much better!