“FATHER,… this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”1 “God our Savior desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”2 “There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved”3 than the name of JESUS.
Today I read my first piece of the catechism ever, and I was not disappointed. The whole reason why I started writing this blog was because I do not want to remain a lukewarm Christian. I want to love God and know Him the way He deserves to be known and loved. I want to fight for my King the way He fought and died for me. I want to be on fire and live my life with passion and truth that can only come from our Savior. This passage reminded me of that. The section I meditated on is the first from the prologue of the Catechism of the Catholic Church entitled “The Life of Man – To know and Love God.” (Click here to read it yourself.) It is broken up into three parts:
(1) “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son …” (John 3:16). What better way to start the Catechism than by reminding us that God loves us? Here, we read that God is love and that out of His infinite love He created us so that we might share in it with Him. God is so good that He created human beings for no other reason than to love them, even when they stumble and even when they crucify Him. Out of His eternal and selfless love God invites us to be His children through Jesus Christ.
(2) But that’s not all, so that we may know and understand His love and His call, God sent forth His Son to spread the Word. Jesus then passed it onto the apostles to continue the tradition. Meaning God did not leave us to wander around all on our own, he gave us certified tour guides who knew the way to the foot of His cross. However, we get to decide of our own free will whether or not we will run to Him or away from Him.
(3) Finally, this excerpt ends by saying that if you do choose to walk with Him then go forth to love as He loved and to preach His Word. By loving the Father, you love His children. If you love His children, then it is logical that you want them to be happy, and this can only be truly achieved through the love of our Lord. He is the answer to our suffering, to our emptiness, and to our purpose. For we have been created by and for love.