Sunday, March 22, 2009
"By grace you have been saved."
In the sign of the cross we see into the heart of God: mercy and compassion, not condemnation. Anyone who but looks with the eyes of faith to God will be saved." The above is a quote from Michael Traher from a reflection he wrote for this Fourth Sunday of Lent.
Paul tells us in Ephesians that "God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ--by grace you have been saved--..." Then Paul says 'For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast."
How often do I thank for the gift of salvation, the gift of faith? I cannot save myself! Thank God that he is always saving us.
(See Thursdays reflections where the Sunday readings are given ahead of time so we may prepare them and reflect on God's word.)