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11th March 2018 - 4th Sunday of Lent B

posted 9 Mar 2018, 06:13 by Veronica Yarwood


H.B. & 11w.

"Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his

only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not

be lost but may have eternal life." (John 3.16) This is

the most quoted text in the Bible. Why? Because it

says it all. It gives us our 'now'. We are loved so much

by God that we have eternal life now. Salvation is a

'now' condition. It is not an awaited condition,

forthcoming, impending and intended. It is 'now'.

So salvation and life is how it is. And here we are

living a half life, a twilight life, trying to pull ourselves

up by our own bootstraps, like the good Pelagians we

are. Pelagius, we remember, taught that people can

perform good deeds and so merit heaven, without the

aid of God's grace. Whereas, it is grace, all grace. No

one is saved except by grace; saints, scholars, punters

and pontiffs. So what is all the pushing, pulling,

fasting, abstaining, self-denial and indulgence about?

Such are the manifestations of the God-life and

salvation in us. These spiritual exercises and

expressions issue from the grace and God-life in us.

 

"Fear not, I am with you", the Lord says. Whenever we

are about to opt out, find excuse or settle for less, the

Lord says, "Fear not, I am with you". Nothing changes.

We remember well the divine refrain echoing back to

Moses even, "I shall be with you". (Exodus.' 3.12)

That's all. Simply, I'll be with you! Moses' power is

the presence of the Lord. In every religious experience

in the Bible, a person comes to an experience of God

and God says, simply, I shall be with you. I will do it.

Trust me. (Richard Rohr) And that is all we need. That

is all we need to know. That is all we need to believe.

God, very God, Father, Son & Spirit, God is with us.

Just pause and attend to your breathing and know the

life force within who is God. Be still and know that

stillness is the divine tranquillity. We await the

spiritual experience and it is all about us. The silence

which we may bring to consciousness is the sound of

the Triune God. The light that dawns is the one only

universal light, God's illumination, "that enlightens all

men".

We are being transformed in every moment we live in

conscious loving union with God. "Because it is by

grace that you have been saved, through faith; not by

 

anything of your own, but by a gift from God; not by

anything you have done, so that nobody can claim the

credit. We are God's work of art; created in Christ

Jesus to live the good life as from the beginning he had

meant us to live it." (Eph: 2.10)

 

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