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26. Christ as Mediator

1. Scripture says (I Tim. 2:5): "There is . . . onemediator of God and man, the man Christ Jesus." Christ is ourmediator because by his death he reconciled the human race to God.Christ is the One Perfect Mediator. But others may participate inthe mediatorship of Christ by cooperating with him in disposing mento turn to God, and in ministering to men the divinely establishedsacraments which unite men to God by grace.

2. Christ is the mediator of God and man; not, says St.Augustine (De Civ. Dei, ix 15), because he is the divineWord; he is mediator as man. For in his divinity Christ is God, nota mediator between God and man. As man, Christ stands between Godand sinful human beings. He unites men to God by graces and gifts.He offers to God prayers and satisfaction for mankind. Hence, it isas man that Christ is mediator: "The man ChristJesus."

"The supreme perfection of man in this life is to be so united to God that all his soul with all its faculties and powers are so gathered into the Lord God that he becomes one spirit with him, and remembers nothing except God, is aware of and recognises nothing but God, but with all his desires unified by the joy of love, he rests contentedly in the enjoyment of his Maker alone."
St Albert the Great

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"The one thing necessary which Jesus spoke of to Martha and Mary consists in hearing the word of God and living by it."
R. Garrigou-Lagrange, OP

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"It is vanity to be concerned with the present only and not to make provision for things to come."
Thomas á Kempis

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