From the beginning of time, God was a good, loving Father. God created the whole universe and human beings. When God’s friendship with Adam was broken by sin, God offered people hope by promising to send a Messiah who would save them from death and sin. God revealed who he was to our father in faith, Abraham. God made a special promise called a covenant with him and called a special people to be his own. God showed deep care by revealing to them the divine name Yahweh.
When God’s people were in Egypt, God led them out of slavery to the Promised Land through Moses. On Mount Sinai, God gave them the law: love God and love others. God made a covenant with them. When the Israelites arrived in the Promised Land, their leaders, the judges, led them in warfare. Finally, under King David, they found short-lived unity and peace. God made a personal covenant with David, promising that the Messiah would be from his family.
Whenever the Chosen people became discouraged and strayed from God’s will, God would send prophets to lead them back. Soon God’s representatives realized that the Kingdom of God would come through one person. That person was Jesus, God’s Son, true God, and true man. He showed God’s love and cared in his life, especially in his passion, Death, and Resurrection. Before Jesus died, he promised to send us the Holy Spirit to help us. Jesus commissioned his followers to carry on his teaching through the guidance of the Spirit in the Church.
The Holy Spirit guides the leaders of the Church and helps its members proclaim the kingdom. The Holy Spirit is active in your life. By participating in the sacraments of the Church, especially the Eucharist, you can know God better and live the teachings of Jesus. You will be writing your spiritual history for the rest of your life.