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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 14:38

REFLECTION

BY FR. ROY CIMAGALA

WE need to realize this fundamental truth about ourselves.

Our creation and redemption is a work in progress till death. Our whole lifetime is the time in God’s eternity that is meant for this purpose.

In other words, up to this time, God in Christ with the Holy Spirit is shaping and directing our life, is always interacting with us, is showing us the way of how we ought to be, how we ought to behave and react to all situations in our life, good or bad.

It’s a pity that many of us do not realize this truth of our faith and, therefore, fail to do our part in our own creation and redemption. Remember St. Augustine lamenting about this fact. “You were with me, but I was not with you.”

He also said that “God created us without us, but he did not will to save us without us.” These words imply that our creation by God includes his work of our salvation. This truth of our faith has basis on what St. Paul once said: “He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil 1,6)

We need to be aware that we therefore have to cooperate with God in our own creation and redemption. In a sense, we are co-creators and co-redeemers with God. This is precisely because God created us in his image and likeness, and endowed us with the spiritual faculties of intelligence and will that will enable us to be elevated to the supernatural order.

We therefore participate in the life and in the operations of God in a very intimate way. While all creatures come from God and belong to God, we, as human persons created in his image and likeness and his adopted children, are meant to share in his life in a very intimate way as well as to get involved in his operations.

This is a truth of our faith that we need to process well in our mind and heart so we can develop the proper attitude and virtues. In every situation, let’s always remember that Christ is actually showing us how to handle things, how to react to events, etc.

We should never be just on our own. Our autonomy or freedom should never be understood that we are just on our own, or that God has nothing to do with us. Our freedom also comes from God and can only be properly lived if lived with God and according to his laws.

In fact, we should always be trying not only to be in constant presence of God but also to continually find and follow his will. In this we have to exert determined effort as Christ himself told us:

“Ask and it shall be given you. Seek and you shall find.

Knock and it shall be opened to you. For everyone that asks receives.

And he that seeks finds. And to him that knocks, it shall be opened.” (Mt 7,7-8)

Let’s hope that we can develop the appropriate lifestyle that would incorporate this understanding of this basic truth of our faith that God continues to create and save us. We have to learn how to interact with Christ continually, for he is “the way, the truth and the life.”

The “finished product” of our creation is when we truly

become another Christ, since we are patterned after him, the perfect image God has of himself, and are redeemed by him, after that image has been damaged by our sin.

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