At the heart of the prayer of blessing [in Eph. 1:3ff), the apostle illustrates the way in which the Father’s plan of salvation is brought about in Christ, in His beloved Son. He writes: “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace” (Eph 1:7).
The sacrifice of the cross of Christ is the one and unrepeatable event in which the Father showed His love for us in a luminous way, not only in words but in practice. God is so real and His love is so real that He enters in tho history, He becomes a Man to feel what it is, how it is to live in this created world’ and He accepts the path of suffering of the Passion and even suffers death. God’s love is so real that He participates not only in our being but also in our suffering and our dying.
The sacrifice of the Cross ensures that we become “God’s property,” because the blood of Christ has redeemed us from sin, cleanses us from evil, removes us from the slavery of sin and death. St. Paul invites us to consider the depths of God’s love that transforms history, that transformed his very life from being a persecutor of Christians to being an unflagging apostle of the Gospel. Here once again the reassuring words of the Letter to the Romans resound:
“If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also give us all things with Him?… For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of god in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:31-32, 38-39).
We must integrate this certainty – God is for us, and no creature can separate us from Him because His love is stronger – in our being, in our awareness as Christians.
General Audience, June 20, 2012
Source:Pope Benedict XVI, compiled by Thigpen, P. (2013) The Faith: Reflections on the truths of the Apostles’ Creed from the teaching of Pope Benedict XVI. Indiana: Our Sunday Visitor