Mental Prayer Support – Holy Week – 1: Saved from what?
This is a series of 10 Christian Meditations for the Holy Week.
Before diving in some of the most important events of the passion and resurrection of our Lord, we look back to ponder why we need salvation and why Jesus is so important to us.
The account of the fall, of our separation from God in Genesis 3 uses figurative language, but affirms a primeval event, a deed that took place at the beginning of the history of man. The Epistle to the Romans shows us that the whole of human history is marked by the original fault freely committed by our first parents.
1 Jn 3:8
Whoever sins belongs to the devil, because the devil has sinned from the beginning. Indeed, the Son of God was revealed to destroy the works of the devil.
Scripture portrays the tragic consequences of this first disobedience. Adam and Eve immediately lose the grace of original holiness.They become afraid of the God of whom they have conceived a distorted image – that of a God jealous of his prerogatives.
“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous.”
That way, by Baptism all sins are forgiven, original sin and all personal sins, as well as all punishment for sin.
Christ’s death is both the Paschal sacrifice that accomplishes the definitive redemption of men, through “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world”, and the sacrifice of the New Covenant, which restores man to communion with God by reconciling him to God through the “blood of the covenant, which was poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins”.
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Model for examination of conscience:
Brief example of Examination of Conscience based on the Ten Commandments
Here is one Examination of Conscience more detailed