3.14.2015

God Reconfigures


“'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope'” (Jeremiah 29:11).
With this verse from the prophet Jeremiah, we have confidence in God’s plans for each of us.  God’s plans are for good, not evil.  His plans give us a future and hope.  Not only are His plans for each one of us, but all His plans come together to form one big plan for the world.  It's The Plan of God's Kingdom.

As it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever.

However, there is a big monkey wrench in The Plan and that is our human nature and free will. The good news is God created us with these characteristics and even they are part of The Plan.


The readings at Mass last Sunday, from the Gospel of St. John, highlight this point.  It says, "...Jesus, on his part, was not entrusting himself to them, for he knew all men..." Jesus knew all too well the folly of our human nature and how we can misuse free will.  God created each of us with the ability to choose His way or not. His desire is for us to choose to love him and so, by our nature, we are free to make that choice (the choice to go along with The Plan). After we make a conscious choice to help build the Kingdom of God and go along with The Plan, we still must make zillions of choices every day and every minute.

Almost immediately, that pesky human nature, free will thing, comes into play again.  We make selfish and often bad choices all the time.  Bad choices that at worst go against The Plan, and at best are tainted with selfishness.  Sometimes we know we have made a bad choice, other times we don’t realize it until later, even years or a lifetime later. 

But, before we start to wallow in regret and self-punishment, there’s hope.  God reconfigures his plan all the time based on the choices we make.  The Plan is like a giant computer program that encompasses the entire universe and all of time and space.  We live our lives within this program. Sin gets into the program like little computer viruses and so God constantly reconfigures.  The original compromise to the program came through Adam and Eve because they too had free will.  That big virus, Original Sin, weakened the system so all the other viruses of sin can keep popping in to try to destroy God’s program.  God does not allow that to happen, however.  Instead, He takes our sins and the sins of the world and reconfigures his plan constantly. By our recognition and desire for forgiveness, God actually brings those sins into the program and uses them to continues to the build the Kingdom. As St. Paul says,  “...God causes all things to work together for good” (Romans 8:28). 

Our God is the God of Mercy and His Mercy is inexhaustible.  His Mercy is greater than our greatest sin. His Mercy hangs on the cross.  That was part of The Plan and the part that keeps God’s program from self-destruction.
“My mercy is greater than your sins and those of the entire world. Who can measure the extent of My goodness? For you I descended from heaven to earth; for you I allowed Myself to be nailed to the cross; for you I let My sacred heart be pierced with a lance, thus opening wide the source of mercy for you. Come, then, with trust to draw graces from this fountain. I never reject a contrite heart. Your misery has disappeared in the depths of My mercy. Do not argue with Me about your wretchedness. You will give Me pleasure if you hand over to Me all your troubles and griefs. I shall heap upon you the treasures of My grace” (Diary of St. Faustina 1485).

2 comments:

  1. Your bridge building BFFMarch 14, 2015

    His plan is always better than "our" plan. Well said.

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  2. Your bridge building BFFMarch 14, 2015

    Oh yeah, love the new look too.!!!

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