Posted by: fvbcdm | April 9, 2014

Catholic Daily Message for Feast of Saint Hugh of Rouen (9 April 2014)

Catholic Daily Message for Feast of Saint Hugh of Rouen (9 April 2014)

Let’s review very briefly the events in salvation history that come into play especially at this time of the church year:

God created the human race to be with him in eternal happiness.

He made us free, so that by the exercise of our free will, we could have a share in our own achievement of that eternal happiness.

However, our first parents violated that freedom by doing what God had forbidden, rather than what he commanded.

That violation created a state of alienation from God that we call original sin.

Original sin closed heaven to the human race, so that none of us could achieve our God-given goal.

But God loves us too much to allow that sad situation to perdure, so he promised a savior who would reverse the damage done by the first Adam.

In his own good time, God established a special group of people: the Jews. They would be his chosen people, and from them arise the Savior of mankind.

Not only did God establish a special people, but he gave them a special religious life by which they would know much about him, about themselves, and about how to relate to him.

That religion, Judaism, was given an elaborate system of worshipping God: the temple, the priesthood, the levites, and the Jewish liturgy.

Then God sent into the world his only Divine Son who would be the second Adam, the repairer of the damage done by the first Adam. As the first Adam had been disobedient, the second one would be totally obedient.

The second Adam is our Lord Jesus Christ. He was obedient even to death, a terrible death on the cross.

His redemption of us causes us to pray: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

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