Why are you here?

Why are you here? God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life…at every time and in every place, God draws close to humanity. He draws so close that he became human. Through His humanity, God calls humanity to seek Him, to know Him, and to love Him with all their strength. His primary vehicle for accomplishing this plan is through the unity of his family, the Church. God sent his Son as Redeemer and Savior. He invites us to enter through his Holy Spirit into adoption as His children and to be heirs to his blessed life. (CCC 1) What does all our strength amount to? Humans cut off from God are not only weak. They are dead in their sins. (cf. Col 2:12-15; Eph 2:1-10) Saint Paul had an answer for this dilemma. His answer, like all true answers, comes from God: “a thorn in the flesh was given to me, an angel of Satan, to beat me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I begged the Lord about this, that it might leave me, but he said to me, “
‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.’ I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me. Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Cor 12:7b-10) Our greatest weakness is that we will surely die, and without the grace of God we would end in death. Through the grace of the Incarnation, we can be born again into eternal life. (cf. Jn 3:1-21) Jesus entered into our weakness. He entered into our death so that he could lead us back to eternal life. Our strength in God looks like weakness from a worldly perspective. When we are born again, we are no longer creatures of the world, we become children of God by adoption through Jesus Christ. Our life becomes blessed and looks like the life described by Jesus in the Beatitudes. (cf. Mt 5:3-12) “Many are invited few are chosen.” (Mt 22:14; cf. Mt 22:1-13) I invite you to service in a parish ministry. Your time, talent, or treasure are needed. May God Bless you and draw you close to Himself.

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