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Purpose-Driven Process

Reflection on Mass Reading for October 16, 2020

“In Christ we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will.” We can and should often say that the life we have been given, the Christian way toward Heaven, is definitely a work in progress. In some circles, this is called justification. Justification describes the transition from the original state in which we were born into this world (sinfulness) to the state of grace and adoption through Jesus Christ, our Savior (holiness). It is a process. It is something that begins when we first become Christian, which continues in our life, and which will be completed when we stand before God at the end of our life and on the last day.

“There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known.” And since it is a process, there are certain powerful consequences:

No one that we meet today will be
at the same point at the same time in this process.

It can be lost.

It can be found again when a believer
returns to the faith.

It’s probably not a good idea to criticize
or judge others based on these previous three points.

Because when it is all said and done, and we all stand before God for the Last Review, everything will be out in the open: “Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed on the housetops.” What is crystal-clear is that God loves us more than anything He has created and can’t wait to get us all home again. See you there!

“Learn to dance, so when you get to Heaven, the Angels know what to do with you.” St. Augustine


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