face perfect justice? But accordingto salvation history—another namefor God’s plan as the Bible illustratesit—God’s desire is to save us, not tocondemn us. Because we’re not goodenough to face even-steven justice,God chooses to exercise mercyinstead. If we seek God’s mercy, oursins are forgiven. This is why we callthe gospel “the good news”!
4. We find the holy
in the ordinary.
We have said God is unknowable,but that’s not the end of the story.
God is beyond our comprehension,
God created us out of love, and
love always seeks to be closer to the
beloved. So God reveals the divine
presence and purpose to the people
of the Bible, folks like ourselves—
part saint and part sinner.
God also expresses the divine
will in the ancient law of the Old
Testament. Finally, God enters hu-
man history directly through the per-
son of Jesus, who is Son of God and
one with God in a unique way. In
turn, Jesus gives us an enduring way
to encounter his presence in what
the church now calls the sacraments.
In common things—water, oil,
bread, wine, words, touch, a ring, a
promise—we meet the holy presence
of God once more.
MORGAN WINSTON, UNSPLASH
ONE STRENGTHof the CatholicChurch is thatwe’re encouragedto encounter Godin common things,such as bread,wine, water, and oil.
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