The Father Almighty (Part 2)

In our meditation on the Father as Almighty, we have seen that God, who exists outside of time and space acts in love. His almighty power is revealed to us through His action in the world: creation out of nothing, the creation of humanity in His own image, His guiding hand throughout history, His communication of Himself and of His very being with those He has created, His justice by which all things were created and His love by which all things were redeemed. Venerable Fulton Sheen calls our attention to the almighty power of God and the effects of this power:

Why then did God create a world? God created the world for something like the same reason that we find it hard to keep a secret! Good things are hard to keep. The rose is good and tells its secret in perfume. The sun is good and tells its secret in light and heat. Man is good and tells the secret of his goodness in the language of thought. But God is infinitely Good and therefore infinitely Loving. Why therefore could not He, by a free impulsion of His love, let love overflow and bring new worlds into being? God could not keep, as it were the secret of His Love – and telling it was creation. Love overflowed. Eternity moved and said to time: ‘Begin.’ Omnipotence moved and said to nothingness: ‘Be.’ Light moved and said to darkness: ‘Be Light.’ Out from the finger-tips of God there tumbled planets and worlds.”

The mystery of the Father’s almighty power is summed up in one attribute: Love!

He creates in love, He establishes an everlasting covenant in love, He forgives in love, He calls us back to Him in love, He sustains us in love, He became a vulnerable baby in love, He healed in love, and He showed us the face of His love in Jesus. Even His justice is an expression of love! The First and Second Persons of the Blessed Trinity showed the depths of love by the sacrificial death and resurrection of Christ. As the Evangelist John tells us:

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:16-17)

Saint Paul tells us about the power and endurance of love:

So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)

And what is the reason for our creation in love? The Second Vatican Council teaches us:

2. The eternal Father, by a free and hidden plan of His own wisdom and goodness, created the whole world. His plan was to raise humanity to a participation of the divine life. Fallen in Adam, God the Father did not leave men to themselves, but ceaselessly offered helps to salvation, in view of Christ, the Redeemer "who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature" (Col. 1:15) All the elect, before time began, the Father "foreknew and pre- destined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that he should be the firstborn among many brethren" (Rom. 8:29) He planned to assemble in the holy Church all those who would believe in Christ. Already from the beginning of the world the foreshadowing of the Church took place. It was prepared in a remarkable way throughout the history of the people of Israel and by means of the Old Covenant. (Mk. 16:15) In the present era of time the Church was constituted and, by the outpouring of the Spirit, was made manifest. At the end of time it will gloriously achieve completion, when, as is read in the Fathers, all the just, from Adam and "from Abel, the just one, to the last of the elect,"

(Col. 1:15) will be gathered together with the Father in the universal Church. (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium, November 21, 1964)

Finally, let us meditate on the words of a great Saint in relation to God’s sovereignty and power, the power and effects of love: “Whenever we think of Christ, we should recall the love that led Him to bestow on us so many graces and favors, and also the great love God showed in giving us in Christ a pledge of His love; for love calls for love in return. Let us strive to keep this always before our eyes and to rouse ourselves to love Him.” ~ Saint Teresa of Avila