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order to understand the tremendous importance of Christ’s resurrection from the
dead, we must know God’s plan for salvation. In this issue of
I will simply quote the first three paragraphs of the The Catechism of the Catholic
Church which summerizes God’s plan very well.
1. God, infinitely
perfect and blessed in Himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man
to make him share in His own blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in
every place, God draws close to man. He calls man to seek Him, to know Him, to
love Him with all his strength. He calls together all men, scattered and divided
by sin, into the unity of His family, the Church. To accomplish this, when the
fullness of time had come, God sent his Son as Redeemer and Saviour. In His Son
and through Him, He invites men to become, in the Holy Spirit, His adopted
children and thus heirs of His blessed life.
2. So that this
call should resound throughout the world, Christ sent forth the apostles He had
chosen, commissioning them to proclaim the gospel: "Go therefore and make
disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the
Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded
you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age." (Matt
28,19-20)Strengthened by this mission, the apostles "went forth and preached
everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the
signs that attended it."(Mark 16,20)
3. Those who with
God's help have welcomed Christ's call and freely responded to it are urged on
by love of Christ to proclaim the Good News everywhere in the world. This
treasure, received from the apostles, has been faithfully guarded by their
successors. All Christ's faithful are called to hand it on from generation to
generation, by professing the faith, by living it in fraternal sharing, and by
celebrating it in liturgy and prayer.
I wish all a continued joy-filled, blessed
and holy Eastertide.