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The Lord is with thee. These words were often said of or to those to whom God was about to entrust some special work.
God told Abraham that he would be with him when made his covenant with him “Abram tell flat on his face. And God said to him: “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. Genesis 17:2-4
He was “with Joseph ” while he was in Putiphar’s prison, preparing him for the great work of serving the nation during the famine. “But the LORD was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer.” (Gen. 39. 21.)
“I will be with thee,” God said to Moses at the burning bush, when He told him that it was he who was to bring the children of Israel out of Egypt. “I will be with you; and this shall be your proof that it is I who have sent you: when you bring my people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this very mountain.” (Ex. 3 12.)
And to Joshua, who had to bring the chosen people into the promised land, He said : “As I have been with Moses, so I will be with thee… Fear not, and be not dismayed: because the Lord thy God is with thee in all things whatsoever thou shalt go to.” (Jos. 1. 5,9.)
“The Lord is with thee, O most valiant of men.” This was the message the angel brought to Gideon at the threshing floor, for he was to leave his wheat and go to deliver God’s people from idolatry and from their enemies. (Jud. 6. 12.)
In the New Testament there are two instances where these special words are spoken. They are the last words Jesus said to the Apostles before he ascended into Heaven. These are the words that accompanied His commission to send them out to bring the Good News to the world. “And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
And they are among the first words spoken to Mary:
“And now when Mary is being singled out for the greatest work that was ever entrusted to any child of Adam that of being the Mother of Him Who was to save not one nation only, but the whole world, God sends an Archangel and bids him say to her : ‘The Lord is with thee.’ (Lk. 1:28 ) God was with Mary always; but now all three Persons of the Blessed Trinity are to be with her in a very special way, to enable her to co-operate with God’s designs for her.” From Mater Christi by Mother St. Paul, 1920.
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