In our first reading today from Romans 5, St. Paul talks about grace. We’ll do that in a moment. In our Gospel reading from Luke 12, Jesus applauds servants whom the master finds prepared, no matter when he returns. He says, “Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.” May we be vigilant, and blessed, today.
Here’s what St. Paul says about grace: “If by that one person’s transgression the many died, how much more did the grace of God and the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christ overflow for the many. Where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through justification for eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” That’s what I’m talkin’ about!
What is grace? The Catechism of the Catholic Church has a nice little section on grace in paragraphs 1996-2005. It says, “Grace is favor, the free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to his call to become the children of God, adoptive sons, partakers of the divine nature and of eternal life.” Free and undeserved help. I believe that God’s grace is being poured out in abundance every moment of every day. It is a free gift. But like any free gift, we have the ability to accept or reject it any time. God so wants us to accept his grace, his help in every facet of our lives. Let’s open ourselves today and let God’s grace overflow in our lives. Can I get an amen??
Father, we thank you for your grace, free and undeserved. Help us be open to your grace more and more each day. Amen.
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