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11th Feb. 2018 - Sixth Sunday of the Year B

posted 9 Feb 2018, 08:12 by Veronica Yarwood


H.B.& Hw.

 

"The leper must live apart; he must live outside the camp."

(Leviticus 13) Disconnection, disconnection, disconnection.

The disease and its consequences in Hebrew Law mimics the

sin situation in our world.

 

Adam and Eve are the classic case of disconnection from

God, man, earth and sea, animals and plants, the whole

creation. They are 'out of the garden' to express it in the

imagery of the Book of Genesis.

 

Hence the Roman Catholic tradition of the First Communion

at the age of reason. That is when we tend to leave the

garden and disconnect. It is all unquestioned union and

connectedness up to this point. So we receive the Body of

Christ to reconnect. Body of Christ, Body of Christ, Body of

Christ day in and day out.

 

And our prayer is, "You are my refuge, 0 Lord; you fill me

with the joy of salvation." We know ever deeper joy with the

experience of forgiveness and reconnection with God and

man and the whole creation. We acknowledge our sin. We

do not hide our guilt. We confess out of a healthy sense of

sin. No wishy-washy psycho babbling excuses in the

Catholic tradition! "I confess: pride, covetousness, lust,

anger, gluttony, envy and sloth." "No messing!" Then it is

rejoicing, exalting, joy and health through the reconnection

that we call forgiveness.

 

We know we are not good enough. We are not that bad

either. We are 'A' O.K. We do some nice things from time

to time. But this is not the issue, whether we are good,

whether we are good enough. Of course, we are not good

enough. Never will be. Grace is the issue. Free, gratis, for

nothing, saving grace is the issue.

 

To repeat, we will never be good enough, worthy enough.

No one has ever been worthy enough. What about Mary?

Her undoubted and total worthiness is of grace. "Hail Mary,

full of grace." Again, grace is the issue.

 

And so we come to know the touch of the outstretched hand

of Jesus, all of us. We hear Jesus' word in our hearts and

minds, "Of course, I want to! Be cured." Be forgiven. It is

enough to make us cry. It is enough to make us fall in love

with God.

Paul is in no doubt whatsoever, "Whatever you eat, whatever

you drink, whatever you do at all, do it for the glory of God."

Live in conscious loving union with God and then comes the

Pauline prayer, that we get the message and digest the

message about God's grace. "May the Father of Our Lord,

Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our mind, so that we can

see what hope his call holds for us." (Eph. 1:17.18)

 

Let us not forget that Christian hope is certainty. We are

certain of the power of grace in our lives. This is what we

live by. Not systems of belief, rewards and punishments and

getting to be good enough, but grace, the free gift of divine

life; given to each and every one through Jesus. Grace!

 

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