Why Did God Make Us?

17 Apr


Indeed, why…? 

We easily respond, “Because he loved us even before he created us—and because he wanted us to live. He wanted us to be happy and live forever with him in heaven.”

And that is true.

But there is so much more.

Our God teaches us through his Church that, in Christ, we are his messianic people, a people who are to bring the Messiah’s love and teaching into the entire world. We share his mission. We have become his messianic people.

In the 1960s, the Second Vatican Council of our Church gives us this instruction—a wonderful and challenging truth.

“This messianic people, then, though it does not in fact embrace all mankind and often seems to be a tiny flock, is yet the enduring source of unity, hope and salvation for the whole human race. It is established by Christ as a communion of life, of love and of truth; it is also used by him as an instrument for the redemption of all, and is sent out into the whole world as the light of the world and the salt of the earth.”  (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, No. 9).

The temptation is to take the blessing and ignore the demands of the Gospel—the God-given job of bringing his Word to all the earth.

God loves us and blesses us no matter what.

But do we really love him—or, in a sense, only use him? 


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