June 20, 2013
What is the purpose for which we are created? According to the Baltimore Catechism, it is “to know, love and serve God.” The focus here is how we relate to God. But how concretely do we know, love and serve God? What do we do? What needs to happen? We need to meet, live and share Christ. The focus here are the concrete things we need to do.
To know God is to meet Christ (and vice versa). Jesus is the human personification of God. Jesus is divinity in heaven transformed into humanity on earth. Jesus says that he and the Father are one (Jn 10:30). Jesus says that if we see him then we have seen the Father (Jn 14:9b). To encounter Jesus and enter into an intimate personal relationship with him is to experience the intimate familial relationship that God has with us, that of Father and His children. Thus we get to know God as we get to know Christ. And to meet and know Christ is to know God, as they are one.
To love God is to live Christ (and vice versa). We are God’s children, and God created us in His image and likeness. We are called to be holy as God is holy. To be holy is to be another Christ, to walk in the very footsteps of Jesus, to be perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect. Thus we manifest our love for God by striving to live like Christ. And to live Christ is to love God, by fulfilling His plan for us His children to be like Him.
To serve God is to share Christ (and vice versa). To serve God is to serve the purposes of God. God sent His own Son Jesus to suffer and die for humanity, so that we might be saved and restored to our relationship with Him. To share Christ is to make that salvation known to others, so that they might believe in Jesus and experience the salvation he already won for them. Thus we serve God by sharing Christ. And to share Christ is to serve God by fulfilling His purpose, to bring His children to live with Him eternally in heaven.
The work of the New Evangelization is to meet Christ, to live Christ, and to share Christ. When we do this work, then we are fulfilling not just the call to the New Evangelization, but the very purpose of God in creating us.
God bless you.
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil 1:21)