God loved us with so much love that God was generous with mercy; when we were dead through our sins, God brought us to life with Christ – it is through grace that you have been saved and raid up with him and given a place with him in heaven, in Christ Jesus.
This was to show for all ages…..how infinitely rich God is in grace. Because it is by grace that you have been saved; through faith; not by anything of your own, but by a gift from God; not by anything you have done, so that nobody can claim the credit.
If Christians were more familiar with this passage of scripture it might balance the all too common belief that we have to win our ways to heaven by what we do. It is a reading that should spring to our minds, one we should be familiar with, whenever we think about ‘getting to heaven’.
One way of praying the passage and helping it to sink into our hearts and minds is to imagine God speaking the words to us. For example, ‘Marie, I have loved you with so much love…I have brought you to life, I have found you a place in heaven…’
Work through the passage that way, giving God thanks for the gift being offered you, a gift you have no intention of refusing!
Reflections for Sundays
“God is With Us”
Michael Morwood MSC