Tuesday, February 3, 2015

How Important Are You to God?

    We are tempted to think of ourselves as unimportant to God.  Our thoughts are directed to thinking that God has so many to love, surely I am not that important.  “Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” – [Matthew 10:29-31]  Our importance is shown not only in our primacy over the sparrows, but also in that all of the hairs on our head are counted!
    St. Augustine, a doctor of the Church from the 4th century, once wrote, “If you were the only person on earth, Christ would have still suffered and died for you.”  Indeed, this shows our importance to God.  Jesus suffered and died for each of us.  He did it once and for all, but He would have done it just once for you.
    This seems to echo what Jesus has done for us.  He has given Himself completely to us.  Not only 2000 years ago, but at every Mass.  He holds nothing back.  Dying on the cross, He gave us His mother.  After His death, He poured forth the last drops of His blood for us when He was pierced.  His great Passion began at the Last Supper, where He gave His body and blood as food.  Every Mass we participate in Jesus’ complete self-giving.  He held nothing back to show us how important each one of us is to Him.
    Surely, each of us individually can think of ourselves as God’s favorite.  He is infinite and thus He has no limits on how many favorites He can have and how much that He can love us.

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