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Gift of God

Dear Parishioners,

Gift from GodOur second reading this weekend reminds us that by grace we have been saved…it is the gift of God…it is not from our works, but from our God who is rich in mercy.

I wonder how many of us ever think about this, that whatever good works we might perform, whatever good deeds we might do, however assiduously we might follow the precepts of God and church, we can never earn our place in the Kingdom of God. It is only because God loves us, only because we have been graced with God’s mercy, that we can call ourselves children of God, and consider ourselves saved.

What can our response be to such graciousness? How can we make a return for our lives, for all that we have been given…for all this and heaven, too?

Perhaps that’s where good works and deeds come in. Perhaps it is by placing our God at the center of our lives, by planting God’s word in our hearts, and by loving our neighbor as ourselves, in word and deed, that we both acknowledge our dependence on the Lord, and reflect the Light of our God who so loved the world…

Eleanor