In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
We are loved into this life by God. Jesus chose us. So what is our purpose in this life? This letter from Paul to the Ephesians states it quite simply. Our purpose is to do God’s will. How do we do this? As St. Ignatius’ First Principle and Foundation states, we are made to love, praise, and serve God in all that we do. This is our truth, which we place our faith and hope as we seek to do God’s will.
How am I loving, praising, and serving God with the gifts and talents God has given me? Where can I do this more? With whom do I need to do this more intentionally? What am I prepared to do?
—Dr. Sajit U. Kabadi is the Acting Assistant Principal of Mission, Ministry, and Diversity at Regis Jesuit High School in Colorado.
The goal of our life is to live with God forever. God, who loves us, gave us life. Our own response of love allows God’s life to flow into us without limit. All the things in this world are gifts of God, presented to us so that we can know God more easily and make a return of love more readily. As a result, we appreciate and use all these gifts of God insofar as they help us develop as loving persons. But if any of these gifts become the center of our lives, they displace God and so hinder our growth toward our goal. In everyday life, then, we must hold ourselves in balance before all of these created gifts insofar as we have a choice and are not bound by some obligation. We should not fix our desires on health or sickness, wealth or poverty, success or failure, a long life or a short one. For everything has the potential of calling forth in us a deeper response to our life in God. Our only desire and our one choice should be this: I want our only desire and our one choice should be this: I want and I choose what better leads to God’s deepening his life in me.
—First Principle and Foundation as translated by David Fleming, SJ