You were created for a relationship with God.
God created us to be in relationship with Him, both here in this life and forever. He knows everything about you!
“O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.” (Psalm 139: 1-3)
“See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.” (1 John 3:1)
God has a plan for your life.
God wants us to know His love and experience His fulfilling plan for each of us.
“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Sin has broken our relationship with God.
Something has come between God and us: sin. We have all personally sinned and turned away from God in the things we have done or failed to do. Sin has real consequences. It harms our relationship with God, with others, and with ourselves. Sin can have an even worse consequence, eternal separation from God.
“For the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23)
Our broken relationship can be restored!
God loves us so much that he could not bear to be separated from us. He was willing to anything to be united with us again. He sent his Son Jesus to restore our relationship with Him. Jesus became the bridge back to our Father.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:16-17)
When Jesus was nailed to the cross, he took upon himself all the consequences of our sins, and by his rising from the dead brought us new life. Jesus alone restores our relationship with God and bridges the gap caused by sin. That is why he says;
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6)
You can experience this restored relationship.
Jesus desires to be at the center of your life! He wants all of you, not just a part of you. He desires to be primary and central, influencing all the decisions and aspects of your life.
“If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful, and great. No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed… do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away and he gives you everything. When we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundredfold in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ – and you will find true life.” (Pope Benedict XVI)
“Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me.” (Revelation 3:20)
You can begin a relationship with Christ.
Whether you have been close or far from him in the past, he is waiting for you to open the door.
Would you like to invite Jesus to be at the centre of your life? If so, step out in faith and pray to him right now.
Reflect on the words of Pope Benedict XVI, and pray:
"...today Christ is asking you the same question which he asked the Apostles: “Who do you say that I am?” Respond to him with generosity and courage... Say to him: “Jesus, I know that you are the Son of God, who have given your life for me. I want to follow you faithfully and to be led by your word. You know me and you love me. I place my trust in you and I put my whole life into your hands. I want you to be the power that strengthens me and the joy which never leaves me”.
You can confess your sins and be reconciled to God.
An important part in our relationship with Jesus is the new start we receive in the sacrament of reconciliation.
Jesus gave his Apostles the power to forgive sins:
“When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (John 20:22-23).
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:8-9)
See our Mass & Confession Times page for confession times at our Parish, as well as some resources on confession.
How do we live out our relationship with Christ?
As with any relationship, it takes some work. Some practical tips on growing our relationship with God include:
- Talking to God every day in prayer
- Be baptized if you have not yet already
- Read the bible daily
- Become involved in your parish
- Share your faith and your story with others
- Celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday
- Go to confession on a regular basis
- Learn about the teachings and rich history of the Catholic Church
You can find more resources on how to grow your faith at home here.
The Lord will always be there to forgive you, help you, and strengthen you. Though we may fall, he is always waiting with open arms.