June 15, 2008

God's Generosity

In last Sunday's readings, we were called to believe in the impossible, trusting that nothing is impossible to God. This Sunday, we see the other side of the coin - God reaching out and giving us impossibly more than we deserve - the life of His Son.

Paul writes to the Romans, continuing his letter from last week:
"...only with difficulty does one die for a just person, though perhaps for a good person one might even find courage to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us." (Rom 5:6-11)

The distance between one righteous man and another is small; our courage or goodness can cross it, even to the point of death. The distance between a righteous man and a sinner is great but still can be bridged; a good man might choose to die for a sinner, though many of us could not likely do it. The distance between man and God is infinite. And, despite that, God chose to die for each of us - for sinners, for mortal men and women infinitely far beneath His greatness.

God's impossible generosity to us continues in the Gospel (Mt 9:36-10:8), when He gives authority to the apostles, giving them the power to perform miracles in His name. Christ not only died for us but, after conquering death and returning to life, He shares His power with those same sinners. He established a Church to continue to save each of us from sin and death.

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