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For God so loved the world...therefore, be afraid!

Canisius | 04 April, 2006 02:05

One of the most wonderful surprises about our salvation is how God found a way to preserve both his justice and his mercy. If he had simply pardoned our sins he would have been merciful without justice; if he had simply punished us he would have shown justice without mercy; but by sending his Son to take our punishment he was perfectly just and superabundantly merciful.

Dom Gueranger points out that the goal of Passion Week is to force home the lesson we should draw from God's mercy:

He foresaw that He would not win our love save at the price of such a generous immolation, and His heart hesitated not to make it. 'Let us, therefore, love God,' says St. John, 'because God first loved us.' This is the end the Church proposes to herself by the celebration of these solemn anniversaries. (VI, 23)

But he also brings out a prior lesson, one not often heard anymore, that we should draw from God's justice:

Fearful indeed it is! Oh! what a lesson God gives us of His inexorable justice, during these days of the Passion! He that spared not even his own Son, His beloved Son, in whom He is well pleased, will He spare us, if, after all the graces He has bestowed upon us, He should find us in sin, which He so unpitifully chastised even in Jesus, when He took it upon Himself, that He might atone for it? (VI, 18)


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Comment Icon Justice and Mercy

Father Barry | 04/04/2006, 23:20

God reminds me an awful lot of Chesterton. Loves to have contradictions all over the place. (Or at least apparent contradictions.) Then, just when your head is about to explode, He explains it away. Or at least gives you a bit more information.

Comment Icon Good point!

Peter_Canisius | 05/04/2006, 14:02

You're right! I hadn't thought of the resemblance to Chesterton, but that is no doubt part of why I found that particular quote so delightful.

 
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