God formed man in his own likeness and set him over the whole world to serve him, and to rule over all creatures. In God’s original plan the first couple, Adam and Eve, were to “transmit human life” and cooperate in the Creator’s work. They were created good and enjoyed the friendship of God and were in harmony with themselves and creation. They were originally holy and just and shared in the divine life. However, the first parents lost it by their sin.
Even then God in his mercy promised redemption and restoration. God’s justice, though, required satisfaction and reparation. Since man could not make the satisfaction and reparation, God’s Only Son became man and made it for him. A great price was made by Christ to restore man’s liberty from slavery to sin and heirship by his adoption as child of God.
The redemptive act of Christ continues until the end of time, as God wants everyone to return to him in his kingdom. He continues to call man back to him. It depends on man’s response to his call. We are called to make satisfaction for our debt to God through the merits of Jesus Christ. We are called to follow Christ’s example of reparation and atonement. Acts 17:30: “Although God overlooked the ignorance of earlier times, He now commands all men everywhere to repent.”
God calls out from darkness into light; from sadness into joy; from sin to grace; from damnation to salvation. God does this in so many ways, in an instant or gradually, and manifests his love for us constantly.
God calls us to love and serve him. We are called to respond to his love in how we live and act in our respective vocations, occupations and lives. We are called to change our lives, to be like Jesus. Jesus calls us to conversion of heart that we may be given the Spirit of God. Jesus calls us to become messengers of his message of good news to the poor, to become healers and doers of good works.
Jesus is asking us to follow him, take up his cross and die with him. We make a radical change in that we even leave families, homes and occupations, like the Apostles did, to follow him. Following Jesus is committing our lives to him. It takes, first, to know him, then love him, and serve him. We imitate his ways and obey him. “If you love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15
Radical change also involves giving up what we hold dear. “Sell everything you own and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” Luke 18:22
Radical conversion means completely turning away from a sinful life to a life of holiness. We can only do this by God’s grace. It is going through the process of conversion both spiritually and temporally. Our goal in life should be anchored on making our wills conformed to Christ’s and his commandments.

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