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"In the Redemption Jesus came to open to man the "royal path" that leads to sanctity of the likeness of his Creator"

The Christological hymn of the Letter to the Ephesians (seventh part):

10/2/2017
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 “Unto the praise of the glory of his grace, in which he hath graced us, in his beloved son.  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the remission of sins, according to the riches of his, grace,” (Eph1:6-7)

 

In previous meditations we saw the proclamation of the mighty works of God in favor of man, in the Trinitarian perspective.

The first verse refers to the work of the Father:  “As he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and unspotted in his sight in charity. Who hath predestinated us unto the adoption of children through Jesus Christ unto himself: according to the purpose of his will..” (Eph 1:4-5): as a work of election and predestination to adoptive filiation.

 

The second verse emphasizes that the Father's will is fulfilled in Christ in His life, death and resurrection: “Unto the praise of the glory of his grace, in which he hath graced us, in his beloved son.  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the remission of sins, according to the riches of his, grace,” (Eph1:6-7)

 

Let us now seek to better understand this grace, which was given to us in his Son: "In Him we have redemption (we could say," we possess redemption ") through His blood, the remission of sins according to the richness of His grace.”

Two concepts are therefore expressed by Saint Paul, which are fundamental for us:

1) redemption

2) remission of sins (following meditation).

 

Redemption

Redemption makes reference to at least two great experiences:

The first is the ransom of the slave. In a Greek cultural context, such as that in which St. Paul lived, redemption refers to the slave who is redeemed by paying a price, and becomes free. There is no doubt that this is an element present in the NT: from slavery God has made us free (1 Cor 6:20, 7:23).

The second is the liberation from Egypt. Redemption is what was done when God took the slave Israel and made it a free people.  He took Israel, who was condemned to death and introduced life, from darkness they were lead to the light.

 

I think that the reference to the OT is very valuable because it captures the fullness of the Lord's Passover, everything starts from there: from the path "through death" (the Red Sea) that God allowed Israel to carry out. Israel, at the time of the exodus from Egypt had before him the sea and behind him the Egyptian army. He had before him and behind him death, and there was no escape, nor the possibility to escape the situation.

And here is when the Israelites begin to complain, murmur against and towards God: "Perhaps there were no graves in Egypt, therefore thou hast brought us to die in the wilderness; why wouldst thou do this, to lead us out of Egypt? Is not this the word that we spoke to thee in Egypt, saying: Depart from us, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it was much better to serve them, than to die in the wilderness.” (Ex 14:11-12). Moses responded with a prophetic interpretation (like a prophet) and said to them: “Fear not: stand, and see the great wonders of the Lord, which he will do this day; for the Egyptians, whom you see now, you shall see no more for ever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”(Ex 14:13-14).

 

The Jews at a certain point begin to desire Egypt: “Is not this the word that we spoke to thee in Egypt, saying: Depart from us?...For it is better for us to serve them, than to die in the desert!”. They see the promise of freedom like a threat of death, and strangely see their slavery like a guarantee of life. In this situation the only possibility of escape is called “faith”: “Have faith – be strong – and you will see the liberation which the Lord will work for you today”. Faith, what does this consist of? In going forward: the Lord opens before us a path, as much as we have fear of the world or of threats or of the situations which surround us, we should have more confidence in the Lord.

It is interesting how the Book of Exodus describes the passage of the sea (cfr. Ex 13:17-14:31): water to the right (death); water to the left (death); to the back the Egyptians (death). The only possibility is to move forward, that path towards the promise of God, towards the salvation of God, that will be the land that the Lord will give, and Israel must go forward like this, only with their faith.

Redemption signifies this: it is the Lord that takes and opens a path in the midst of death to lead his people to life, to have them pass from slavery to freedom.

 

Jesus told Luisa on April 25, 1923 that all of time is in His hands, and Jesus gives it to whoever wants it and it is used by anyone who wants it. He could very well bring the joy that the Divine Will contains on the earth, but he did not find a single human will that wanted perennial life in His, to re-join the bonds of Creation and restore all the acts of the first man, as if he had done all of them with the seal of the Supreme Will and therefore to restore the lost happiness. It is true that He had his dear Mother, but She had to cooperate together with Him in Redemption. Man, then, was a slave imprisoned of his own fault, infirm, covered with sores, the most disgusting, and Jesus, like a loving father, had come to pay with his blood to redeem, like a doctor to heal, like a master to teach the way, so that he would not fall into hell.

How could the creature range over the eternal flights of Divine Will if he did not know how to walk? If Jesus would have wanted to give the joy contained in his Will, it would have been like giving it to the dead and have it trampled on. Man was indisposed to receive such a good, and so he wanted teach him prayer to prepare him and God is content to wait for more centuries upon centuries to pass to make known the living in the Divine Will, to give beginning to this joy.

In Redemption Jesus came to open many paths, avenues, short cuts to facilitate salvation, the sanctity of man. With the Divine Will, Jesus has come to open the straight and “royal way” which leads to the sanctity of the resemblance of his Creator and which contains true joy. However, with all this, they will always be free to remain, those on the "royal way", those on the avenues and those outside of everything, but there will be in the world what is nowhere, the happiness of the “Fiat Voluntas tua, on earth as it is in heaven."

Adam has done the first acts in the Divine Will and then it was withdrawn, therefore it ruined everything. Since he was the leader of all, all the members were ruined together. The Humanity of Jesus has formed the platform of all the human acts in the Divine Will. Mary followed Him faithfully therefore all is prepared. All that is needed is another creature, wanting to live perennially in this Will, to come and take possession of the platform He has done and has opened to all this “royal way”, which leads to terrestrial and Celestial happiness.

don Marco
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