Day 20, Nicene Creed, 12th Line
For us men and for our salvation
For several lines now, we've been focusing on Jesus' nature and identity, and now we move onto His story. This first line is how we know that God loves us; everything that Jesus did—from His birth to His death to His resurrection and ascension—was for the sake of saving humanity. He came for us. As Bishop Robert Barron often points out (referencing St. Thomas Aquinas), “To love is to will the good of the other as other.” Jesus is God’s good will toward men.
This also begs the question: how much do we love God in return? Sometimes we pursue God because of His great benefits. We want to be saved, and/or we want some kind of favor from Him in this life. Even if that is where we start, there comes a point where we need to recognize that there is no one more worthy to be loved and admired just because He is who He is than God Himself.
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This reflection is a part of By Heart: A Lenten Prayer Project