What is the plan of God for man? Compendium of the CCC

What is the plan of God for man? 

– Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

At some point, you may be asking “What is the plan of God for man?”

Why did God create man? What for?

Here is what the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church says:

The Profession of Faith: Section One “I believe” – “We believe”

1. What is the plan of God for man?  1-25

 

“God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness

freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life.

In the fullness of time, God the Father sent his Son as the Redeemer and Savior of mankind,

fallen into sin, thus calling all into his Church and, through the work of the Holy Spirit,

making them adopted children and heirs of his eternal happiness.”

 

Each one comes to a point of asking “What is the purpose of my life?”.

“Why did God create me?”

“What is the plan of God for me?”

“What am I living for?”

“Why am I here for?”

“Where do I go from here?”

Or “What is my life all about?”

 

As Catholics, we believe that we are created by God, our Father. Therefore, it is Him alone who holds a special purpose for us.

And what is His purpose? The Catechism of the Catholic Church states beautifully:

 

“God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness

freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life.

 

God created us so we can share in His blessed life. 

It is true that God alone is perfect, and although, we are created in His image and likeness, we  are still imperfect because of our tendency to sin. Sin is what makes us human beings different from God who is perfect and divine.

 But we should not use sin as an excuse for not living the blessed life that God wants for us.

A” blessed life” is our goal.

A “holy life” must be our goal.

 

Remember, that because of the presence of sin,

Jesus, our Brother, the Only Begotten Son of the God who created us, was sent to redeem us.

He offered his life to erase our sins.

This, therefore, brought us back to God’s arms.

 

In the fullness of time, God the Father sent his Son as the Redeemer and Savior of mankind,

fallen into sin, thus calling all into his Church and, through the work of the Holy Spirit,

making them adopted children and heirs of his eternal happiness.”

 

In baptism, we are reminded that through the sacrifice of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ,

we are created anew. 

Thus, we share in the brotherhood of Christ. We became children of the same Father.

If Jesus is the Only Begotten Son of God, we are the adopted ones. And adopted are also heirs. 

Being part of the family of God, we are also heirs to the kingdom.

We are also rightful heirs of eternal happiness.

This is what our life is for – for an eternal happiness.

And this happiness can only be found in the Kingdom of our God in heaven.

If at this moment, we are happy, it is only a taste of the eternal happiness that awaits us in heaven.

And if on the other hand, we are not happy at the moment, it is because we have not yet understood and experienced the blessed life that we are supposed to share with our Lord Jesus.

 

POINTS FOR REFLECTION:

  • In the light of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, answer the question : “Why did God create me? What is the plan of God for me?”
  • What do I do to make my life a “blessed life”?
  • Do I make my “tendency to sin” an excuse for not living a holy life? 
  • Do I equip myself with prayer and activities that can give me a taste of eternal happiness?

What is the plan of God for man? 

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

 

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