Saturday, June 16, 2018

Youcat commented through CCC – Question n. 485.

YOUCAT Question n. 485 - Why should we adore God?

(Youcat answer) Every person who understands that he is God’s creature will humbly recognize the Almighty and adore him. Christian adoration, however, sees not only the greatness, omnipotence, and holiness of God. It also kneels before the divine Love that became man in Jesus Christ.

A deepening through CCC

(CCC 2781) When we pray to the Father, we are in communion with him and with his Son, Jesus Christ (Cf. 1 Jn 1:3). Then we know and recognize him with an ever new sense of wonder. The first phrase of the Our Father is a blessing of adoration before it is a supplication. For it is the glory of God that we should recognize him as "Father," the true God. We give him thanks for having revealed his name to us, for the gift of believing in it, and for the indwelling of his Presence in us.

Reflecting and meditating 

(Youcat comment) Someone who really adores God kneels down before him or prostrates himself on the ground. This gives expression to the truth about the relation between man and God: He is great and we are little. At the same time, man is never greater than when he freely and devoutly kneels down before God. The unbeliever who is seeking God and is beginning to pray can find God in this way.

(CCC Comment)

(CCC 2782) We can adore the Father because he has caused us to be reborn to his life by adopting us as his children in his only Son: by Baptism, he incorporates us into the Body of his Christ; through the anointing of his Spirit who flows from the head to the members, he makes us other "Christs." God, indeed, who has predestined us to adoption as his sons, has conformed us to the glorious Body of Christ. So then you who have become sharers in Christ are appropriately called "Christs" (St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Catech. myst. 3, 1: PG 33, 1088A). The new man, reborn and restored to his God by grace, says first of all, "Father!" because he has now begun to be a son (St. Cyprian, De Dom. orat. 9: PL 4, 525A).

(The next question is:  Why should we petition God?)

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