Dear brothers and sisters,
The fall of Adam and Eve came about as a result of their lack of trust in God – this was original sin. As the Catechism explains (#397), “Man, tempted by the devil, let his trust in his Creator die in his heart and, abusing his freedom, disobeyed God’s command. This is what man’s first sin consisted of. All subsequent sin would be disobedience toward God and lack of trust in his goodness.” Jesus Christ came to win back that lost trust, so as to lead us away from our self-centered, fear-filled, sin-wounded lives and back into his faithful flock. By giving up his own life to atone for our sins, he showed that the Father is worthy of our trust, that he will forgive us, protect us, and lead us to rich pastures. God will never abandon us in our need – never. The passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ are his proof. Though the wolf (the devil) attacked and scattered Christ’s disciples on that first Good Friday, Christ did not flee. Instead, he gave up his own life, freely suffering what in truth we, because of our sins, deserved to suffer. He freely obeyed with the total obedience that Adam and Eve had lacked. Because of his docility in embracing the Father’s will, the Father rewarded him by raising him from the dead. Christ was faithful to his mission, even knowing what it was going to cost him, and that mission consists in saving us from sin and estrangement from God. He is the good shepherd, the one we can trust, the one who cares more about our lives than we do ourselves, the Lord who came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for ours.