Thought of the Day October 13, 2016

By 10:02 AM

What is our identity? Pope Francis tells us to look to what God has done in our lives. We are chosen by him; we have been forgiven by him; we have been given a mission by him. Paul in the Letter to the Ephesians tells us: "God chose us in Christ Jesus before the foundation of the world, so that we would be holy and immaculate in his sight, in charity, for the praise of the glory of his grace, with which he has gifted us in his beloved Son." We are not an accident. Whether we were wanted or not by our parents, God wanted us. Secondly, even when we came into the world alienated from him because of the sin of Adam, God reconciled us through the death of Jesus in the waters of baptism. Even when we, on our own, sinned and separated ourselves from God, he forgave us. We are a forgiven person. Thirdly, our mission is to respond in love to the gifts of God through growing in holiness and oneness with God as well as to share with others the marvelous things God has done for us. Our happiness lies in embracing our true identity with gratitude.

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