Meditation on God’s Providence (7)
And so, though all of eternal import and first causes has been decided before the beginning of time, we still are given the gift of exercising our wills to good or ill. Though this may not appear to be of great significance, Holy Scripture tells us repeatedly and with one voice that the LORD God places the highest value on this aspect of our lives.
Is this an “end” worthy of humankind? We should consider it a magnificent act of generosity for the LORD God of the universe (and beyond) to give us any role at all in His creation. The fact is that He has granted such significance to the acts of our free wills so as to make them integral parts of salvation history. That is, though the end is never in doubt, the path taken to arrive there is influenced by our decisions. This is indeed an end of the highest possible value. We should wear it with awe and meekness, but also with the boldness that accompanies those on the greatest of missions.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”