From the Word of the Day
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, (Ephesians 1: 3-5)
Today’s Liturgy opens with the Letter to the Ephesians, with the hymn that is repeated at least once a week at Vespers. It celebrates the magnificence of God’s intention and action in regard to human beings. God, the Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, fills each of His rational creatures with the Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ, so that we all may find meaning in Him. God’s plan and design of love begins with the CHOICE of humanity made even before creation. God chooses us and sees us as predestined to share with Christ the condition of being His children.
God’s plan is clear. He wants the life of His creatures to be recapitulated in Him, for His creatures to accept this intrinsic finality. We are made to be God’s adoptive children in Christ. However, we can refuse this and reject God. This is the greatness of being His creature and even the greatness of God. Is this a challenge? There are many ways of living this dynamic, which gives meaning to our life. The incarnation of Jesus, His way of living as a human being help us to decide how to live within God’s plan.
Lord, our destiny is not slavery or the impossibility of choosing. It is our vocation. Help us to know how to use our freedom to lead every creature to You.
The voice of St. Thomas
Predestination is the way God uses to lead his rational creatures to their goal, which is life eternal.