God calls all Christians to help Him to save souls. How far would you go to help Jesus in His mission?
God has taught me something very important that I want to share with you. It’s about reparation to divine justice.
When God chose to become man and die for our salvation it was so that He could pay the price for our sins and open the gates of paradise to us. God is mercy and God is justice. God gave us the law (ten commandments) through Moses so that we would know how to lead lives that would honor Him. But you know what happened, man broke the Law by sinning. So in order to enable man to enjoy the fruits of eternal life, God became man to suffer and die for our salvation and extend to us His mercy. In this way, Jesus would make reparation to divine justice. Sanctified by the Holy Blood of Jesus, souls are saved as we repent of our sins and receive the mercy of God….BUT WHAT ABOUT SOULS THAT DO NOT REPENT? God has a plan to save them too and every believer has a role to play in God’s plan of salvation…WE ARE ALL CALLED TO MAKE REPARATION TO DIVINE JUSTICE BY DEVOTING OUR LIVES TO DOING GOD’S WILL AND ACCEPTING WHATEVER SUFFERING LIFE MAY BRING. This does not mean we are atoning for sins, for only Jesus atones for sins. What it does mean is we are serving God and doing penance to prove our love to God as we pray for God’s grace upon all.
Picture a battlefield, a man has fallen; he is wounded and dying, you can bring that person to safety; however it may involve sacrificing and even suffering. Do you do it? Your answer may be, well it depends on who it is. Do I know them? Do I love them? God would want our answer to be yes, you will carry that man to safety, regardless of who it is because that is true love – loving God and loving our neighbors, that’s our mission on earth as disciples of Jesus.
Everyday heinous crimes are committed because evil enters into souls. These souls have fallen. They are no longer in God’s grace and reparation to God’s justice must be made to save them. These souls are not repenting. Perhaps they don’t even believe in God. Satan rejoices because He thinks that soul now belongs to him…But God’s Bride helps her Bridegroom Jesus by surrendering everything to God and living every moment for His glory.
The Bride of Christ sacrifices and suffers as required to help those souls receive God’s graces again. If you understand this, then in those times when you have to suffer you will understand that you are powerful then, because you will attach your pain to the Cross of Jesus offering it up for the salvation of souls. Jesus said, “There is but one price at which souls are bought, and that is suffering united to My suffering on the cross. Pure love understands these words; carnal love will never understand them.” (Words of Jesus, Diary of St. Faustina 324) St Paul said, “Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.” Colossians 1:24
Understand there is nothing missing in the sacrifice of Jesus. What’s missing in the world is repentance and true contrition. If everyone turned back to God with a penitent heart then Jesus would forgive all. St. Paul explained God’s mysteries to the Church in formation “I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness– the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people.” Colossians 1: 25-26 We are called as followers of Jesus to help one another grow in wisdom, understanding God’s Holy Word and His Holy Will.
Believers of Christ, we are called to be spiritual warriors who understand that there is an invisible enemy that is wreaking great havoc in the world, and this enemy is counting on us hating the perpetrators of crimes and injustices because he wants those souls for ever…BUT Jesus wants to save them! God wants us to recognize these fallen souls as our brothers and sisters and help Him to carry them to a safe haven – that’s true love. We live in a world where we are surrounded by strangers; we can easily forget that we are all one family and that we need to fight for one another so we all can enjoy the eternal fruits of paradise.
Put on the Armor of God
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6: 10-18