Date posted: December 19, 2014
“The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods.” CCC #460 quoting St. Thomas Aquinas
There are many reasons that God became man. We talked about the fact that the primary reason for the Incarnation was to save us from our sins. I said that all of the other reasons we would discuss were really secondary reasons. This one, however, is not really secondary. One could say that it is the follow up to our salvation. You see, Jesus does not only save us from our sins, he then restores the filial relationship that humanity had with the Father from the beginning.
Our salvation does not make us worthy to enter heaven and praise God for all eternity. Rather, our salvation means that when we enter heaven we become part of God’s own life. “Write this: Blessed are those who have been called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” -Revelation 19:9 Jesus, the Lamb, is getting married in this heavenly vision of St. John. But, who is he marrying? He is marrying the Church. Who is the Church? We are. We are destined to be “married” to our God for all eternity. Wow, I have like 27 things to say and only about 100 words left…
First, this is why God gave marriage to the human family. He wanted to offer us a foretaste and analogy of what it will be like in heaven. The reality will be so much greater than the foretaste! But, our marriages should reflect this exalted dignity.
Second, we are going to become “one” with God. That’s what happens to married people. We are not just going to worship and adore him; we are going to become part of his own life.
Third, this is why we have to be perfectly purified and prepared to go to heaven. We cannot take any baggage into that marriage! We have to leave all impurity, and all of our diminished love behind.
This is the last blog until 2015! May God bless you and your family during this holy season and throughout 2015.
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