Catechism 19

Michelangelo Merisi di Caravaggio, "Madonna dei Palafrenieri" en.wikipedia.org
Michelangelo Merisi di Caravaggio, “Madonna dei Palafrenieri”
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Is there any way to escape punishment and be brought back into God’s favour?

Yes, to satisfy his justice, God himself, out of mere mercy, reconciles us to himself and delivers us from sin and from the punishment for sin, by a Redeemer.

(New City Catechism)

 

            Yet
Eve’s offspring – like a shoot
            from dead stump –
            will come
and crush the serpent’s
                        head, although
            his heel the snake shall bite.

 

            Though
bitter and long the pain
            and anguish,
            though deep
the venom’s journey,
                        though deadly,
            death shall not rule the day.

 

            Though
our curse, laid upon him
            shall crush and
            kill, he
shall look upon us,
                        his offspring,
            and his days shall be glad.

 

            Look,
you broken: humbled, hope.
            Every creeping
            thing, rejoice!
The earth shall yield
                        its harvest
            and favour ever shine.

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