THE MOMENT OFGRACE
Meditation for Monday of 11th Week in Ordinary Time
(2 Cor 6:1-10; Mt 5:38-42)
What is it that can make someone to accept the grace of God in vain? St Paul makes a resounding appeal: “We entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain.” The grace of God comes at the right time; the divine help comes at that same time it is needed! And the moment of grace is the moment of salvation, for it is under the influence of grace that salvation is possible. Therefore, St Paul says, “Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” The grace of God for the moment is sufficient. We must allow the free flow of grace, and never put obstacles for its realization in us or in others.
St Paul enumerates how the hidden work of grace sets the servants of God in opposition to the world, such that the man of grace eludes the grasp and understanding of the world. Because of this opposition, the servants of God must pass through great endurance, affliction, hardship, labors, hunger, etc, but walking along with weapons of righteousness and the power of God. As the child of God is readily open to grace, the moment of the great enduring becomes a gracious moment since righteousness germinates from it. You do not know your capacity for grace until you face trials and temptations! “For the love of God urges us on” (2 Cor 5:14).
Also, Christ’s faithful who cooperate with grace even at the crossroads of their lives are often miss judged and misunderstood in the world. That is why St Paul says, “We are treated as imposters, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known, as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.” Realizing such abundance of grace available for us at our odd moments, Jesus says, “Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” We must allow the grace of God to move us forward; it surfaces simultaneously with trials and temptations. Since we are on the side of grace, Jesus says, “Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you.” Amen.
Fr Jude Chinwenwa Nwachukwu, C.Ss.R
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church,
Tedi-Muwo, Ojo, Lagos.
Monday June 14, 2021.