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God chose us in Christ

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" The Lord has made known His salvation. For He has done wondrous deeds”

" The Lord has made known His salvation. For He has done wondrous deeds” 
Deacon John Ruscheinsky
The letter to the Ephesians explains that God chose us in Christ Jesus before the world began, that He had a plan for us from all eternity. By His loving power God formed and shaped us according to His plan. God made us His children, confident to call Him Father.
And yet God did not use His loving power to force us to be what He wanted. Our heavenly Father gave to the whole human race the gift of freedom. That freedom allows a return of love which is not forced, and free choice includes that no to God's law which that is sin. When we do fail and fall into sin, God is there to help us find the way back to Him through His mercy and forgiveness.
St. Paul greeted the Ephesians by wishing them "grace and peace."  He says these are gifts from God and Jesus Christ. God is our Father and Christ is the Savior. Paul goes right on to praise God as the Father of Jesus Christ. He is our Lord, but not just any lord, but our Lord, whom God has blessed us with - every spiritual blessing in heaven. Wow! We sure get a lot of help from a loving God.  It is pretty special to be a part of God's chosen group, wouldn't you agree?
Paul adds to this list of blessings, that we need more time to pray and ponder and appreciate them. The responsorial psalm today can help us in our prayer and reflection.  The Lord has made known His salvation. For He has done wondrous deeds (Ps 98:1). May we strengthen our faith with the grace of God. Open our eyes that we may realize the goodness of what God has done for us, the victory that is already here. May we make this all real in our own lives!
Points to Pray and Ponder: Jesus is the "Wisdom of God" and source of everlasting life.

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