Remember the answer to the old Baltimore Catechism question, “Why did God make us?” You might remember the answer. God made us to know, love and serve him in this life and to live forever with him in the next.” While rote memorization is not completely effective as a means of learning, I must admit that there are certain answers I remember quite easily.
Today’s first reading discusses the purpose of our lives as well. “Brothers and sisters: In Christ we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ.” Another way of answering the question about why we were chosen is to fulfill the purpose of God.
But what is this purpose? I think this has a simple answer too. The purpose of God is that we might be the wonderful persons God has created us to be. While there is sin, and we do commit sin, when we are the persons we were created to be, then God’s purpose is fulfilled. We can choose to cooperate with this purpose, or we can reject it. But since we have been chosen by Christ, we have that destiny to become our best selves.
St. Irenaeus stated the the glory of God is man, the human person, fully alive. When we are fully alive, by our existence we give glory to God. We know that sin diminishes our ability to reflect this glory. Sin clouds the beauty that God gave in creating us. Sin closes hearts and makes selfish.
It is important that the reason we even care about this is the call of Christ to invite us into salvation. Christ is the one we first hoped for, and it is Christ that leads us to new life. So pray to God you m be your best self and glorify God.