There is a very nice“question-and-answer catechism” known as The Baltimore Catechism. The very first section is entitled “On the End of Man.” This is how the question and answer starts:
Q. Who created the world?
A. God created the world.
Q. Who is God?
A. God is the Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things.
Q. What is Man?
A. Man is a creature composed of body and soul and made in the image and likeness of God.
Q. Why did God make you?
A. God made me to understand Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in heaven.
While the beginning of The Baltimore Catechism may seem simplistic and elementary, it addresses very deep philosophical questions. Just these first four questions are great questions to reflect on in prayer. God who is the Creator of all things—omniscient, omnipresent, and infinite—wants you to know Him. God who made you in His image and likeness wants you to love Him. In this world, He wants you to serve Him so that others may be led to Him. Lastly, He wants us to be happy with Him in Heaven for all eternity. How do we do this? Only by following His Son, Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. If we reflect on all four Gospel narratives, the overarching theme is that God the Father sent His Son into the world to show us how to know Him, love Him, serve Him, and be happy with Him forever—which in the end is exactly why we were created!