The Power of One
In conclusion, just as through one transgression condemnation came upon all, so, through one righteous act, acquittal and life came to all. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so, through the obedience of the one, the many will be made righteous.
How often is it we have been told, “One person can really make a difference.” And how often is it that we can see this is true. Whether big or small, what we do makes a difference somewhere. Whether or not it makes a positive difference is the point of the second reading today. But the power of one is made clear.
Through one man, Adam, sin entered the world. Through one man, Jesus, sin was overcome and salvation was offered. One person can really make a difference. But we need to acknowledge that Jesus is the one man who can really make a difference.
It can be the case that we do not hold in happy tension the incarnation. Jesus was fully human. Jesus is also fully divine. How these two distinct natures combine in the one person of Jesus is a mystery. But thanks be to God it is true.
Everything about Jesus has power. He makes the unclean clean. He heals physical sickness and condition. He facilitates conversion. He takes sin upon himself so that he can die for our sakes, paying the ransom of sin, saving us from eternal death if we accept what it is he can do for us.
At this start of Lent, we need to make the point that Jesus is powerful indeed. Not only does he show us that one person can make a difference, but that he is the only one who can make the ultimate difference.
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