by: Chibuzor F. Ogamba
Many may wonder what it is that I have come up with this time. We all know how everyone emphasizes a personal relationship or rather an intimate relationship with Christ; He is the one that matters, the reason for the seasons, the one who saved us. I mean, come to think of it, and was it the Mother of God that saved us? Was she the one who died on the cross for us? These questions can indeed be startling at first, and might lead one to want to question what it is exactly we Catholics do and the rationale behind it.
To explain this, I would like to start with something an early Church Father, St. Augustine said, ‘God created us without us, but He CANNOT save us without us’. This is a very important truth, which if we consider deeply the truths of the Bible, we would quickly agree with. When God wanted to save Noah and his family from the flood, he needed NOAH to build an ark. If Noah did not or rather refused to build an Ark, he would not have been saved. (Genesis 6:14-17). Also,
This does not mean that God has no capability to do these things, but that because He gave man free will for man to give a free consent and assent to him, he could not save man if man did not want or will to be saved. He created man to love him, and love is not forced from another, it is freely given. Whenever we consider this, we begin to understand the pedestal on which God has placed us from the very thought he had of us in his eternal mind, the destiny which he predestined us above all his other creatures. God willed to cooperate with us, to reason with us, to dwell with us, as friends, as a family. That has been God’s desire from before time began. Isn’t it beautiful? God loved us so much to the extent that he wanted to work with us, he wanted us to have a share in his creative and sanctifying work, in fact a share in his divinity and throughout the Bible that is precisely what he does; he enters into our human family and becomes part of it. Mary was that gateway through which he fully entered into our human family.