Redeemed by God’s Love

Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings thou hast not desired, but a body hast thou prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings thou hast taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Lo, I have come to do thy will, O God,’ as it is written of me in the roll of the book.” (Hebrews 10:5-7)

The love of God for each of us is so great that He entered creation and united a human nature to His Divine Nature in order to give His life so that we might live.

The act of God becoming man, what we call the Incarnation, is so great an act of selfless love that we revere it in a special way. It is the focus of our prayer three times daily in the Angelus. We bow during the recitation of the Creed during Sunday Mass when we say the words, “and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.”

We, who are sinners, have been redeemed by our God’s loving sacrifice. Jesus, God Incarnate, freely laid down his life so that we can have life in abundance. On the Cross, Jesus merited grace so that we might live in ways pleasing to God.

Jesus has accomplished in His once-for-all sacrifice what all the sacrifices and rites of the Old Covenant could only anticipate.

We all want to belong. We all want to be accepted. We all want to be loved. Jesus loves you. When was the last time you reflected on the depth and power of His love. Say yes to His love and start the rest of your life! Be transformed by the One who made you.

A Daily Reflection on the Scriptures

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Deacon Mike Bickerstaff Editor-In-Chief, ICL

Deacon Michael Bickerstaff is the Editor in chief and co-founder of the The Integrated Catholic Life.™ A Catholic Deacon of the Roman Rite for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Deacon Bickerstaff is assigned to St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church where he is the Director of Adult Education and Evangelization.

He is also the Founder and President of Virtue@Work, where he provides Executive and Personal Coaching, Mentoring and Organizational Consulting. Deacon Mike has 30+ years management consulting experience in senior executive leadership positions providing organizational planning and implementation services with a focus on human resource strategy and tax qualified retirement plan design, administration and compliance.

He is a co-founder of the successful annual Atlanta Catholic Business Conference; the Chaplain of the Atlanta Chapter of the Woodstock Theological Center’s Business Conference; and Chaplain of the St. Peter Chanel Faith at Work Business Association and co-founder and Chaplain of the Marriages Are Covenants Ministry, both of which serve as models for similar parish-based ministries.

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