Grace to you!
Do you remember the first time you went to school? Days ahead, your parents started to prepare your school supplies, uniform, kits, books, shoes, snacks, etc.
The morning of the start of school, your mom hands over to you your school bag. She shows you all the contents – the pencils, pens, notebooks, tablets, snacks, etc., and says, “All you need for school is in here.”
You go to school. Excited. At the school, the teacher asked for a particular item for your class exercises. You hurriedly scanned through your school bag. It seemed the item wasn’t in the bag. You feel bad.
However, when you got home, you complained to Mom. Mom opens the bag. Behold, the item was in the bag. “I told you child,” she said, “All you need is in the bag.”
I look at the experience of the child whose school supplies are completely provided, in surplus, as the role God plays and has continued to play in our lives by the power of his grace.
Hear 2 Peter 1:2-7 speak of these divine supplies: “ His (God’s) divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promise, that through these you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of passion, and become partakers of the divine nature” (2Peter 1:3-4).
No one outdoes God in generosity. He has supplied all you need. There is no shortage of supplies at all. You do not realize it because you have not really looked inside that bag well packaged for you. Pause and look inside that bag of grace. Do not be distracted by the worldly lures and passions.
Scripture says, “He has granted us all things that pertain to life and godliness”. It’s all things, not some things. It’s our responsibility to accept all he has supplied and be washed. No one would say he lacks soap and water to shower when, actually, in the house there are many bath soaps and showers. No shortage of water at all. Use what you have been provided. It’s your responsibility. As the saying goes, “You can take the horse to the stream but you can’t force the horse to drink.”
God has provided and taken us into the stream of all graces we need for life and holiness. They are seven, a symbol of completeness; and they use what we can see, feel, touch so that what happens within that we cannot see, feel or touch, are transformed. Hence they are called, “Sacraments,” meaning “the outward sign of inward grace.”
From Baptism to Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony, we have the full supply, a full package of graces. Nothing less is provided. In addition, there is the constant supply of grace through God’s Word and our practice of virtue.
God wants to see us grow from faith to virtue, virtue to knowledge, knowledge to self-control, self-control to godliness, godliness to brotherly affection, brotherly affection to love (2 Peter 1:5-7). All is geared to love, the mother of all virtues. Then shall we say, “We are a fruitful vine.”
Who doesn’t want to be fruitful?
God love you. God bless you
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Monday May 30 2016 Ordinary Time C: 2 Peter 1:2-7 Mark 12:1-12]
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.