Christus Vivit 120: Salvation Is In God’s Nature

120. “We are saved by Jesus because he loves us and cannot go against his nature.

Nitpickers might suggest God can do anything, even go against his nature. But that would be the posture of the tempter. It also masks the nature of God to draw us more deeply into his love in spite of our incapacity for perfect love.

We can do any number of things against him, yet he loves us and he saves us. For only what is loved can be saved. Only what is embraced can be transformed. The Lord’s love is greater than all our problems, frailties and flaws. Yet it is precisely through our problems, frailties and flaws that he wants to write this love story. He embraced the prodigal son, he embraced Peter after his denials, and he always, always, always embraces us after every fall, helping us to rise and get back on our feet.

An important emphasis:

Because the worst fall, and pay attention to this, the worst fall, the one that can ruin our lives, is when we stay down and do not allow ourselves to be helped up”.[Address at the Vigil with Young People, XXXIV World Youth Day in Panama (26 January 2019): L’Osservatore Romano, 28-29 January 2019, 6]

Any comments? The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site.

The text in color is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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