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Memorial of Saint Martin of Tours

Date: 
Tue, 11/11/2014
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

As Jesus makes his way to Jerusalem he takes the time to instruct his disciples…
saying to them “This is the Christian way.
This is what it means to follow me.”
Discipleship demands total allegiance, total commitment.
Discipleship requires repentance and personal sacrifice.
Discipleship seeks to include rather exclude.
A disciple is generous with possessions.  A disciple is merciful toward sinners.
A disciple knows the need for ongoing inner renewal,
knows the need for strength to resist the temptations
of bad example, dis-edification, and scandal.
 
And now he reminds his disciples:
“your call and your election is founded on the absolute gratuity of God.
So when you do all the things I have instructed you to do,
do not think you have earned God’s favor, God’s blessings.
Do not think you have a right to God’s graciousness.
Fulfilling your Christian duties,
seeing to your Christian obligations and responsibilities does not entitle you,
does not give you the power or permission, to make demands on God.”
 
What we receive from God: life, health, faith, love, goodness, kindness,
forgiveness, mercy, protection, etc….all these are sheer gift.
God is gracious, God is generous.
He bestows blessings according to His own will, according to his unbounded love,
and not because they are earned.  What God provides can never be bought.
We are like spiritual newborns.  Without God’s provision of grace, we would perish.
 
God says to Moses in the Book of Exodus:  “I am gracious to whom I am gracious,
and have mercy on whom I have mercy" Ex. 33:19.
 
The temptation is to become disillusioned when we don’t receive from God
what we believe we deserve.
I have no doubt that some stray away from the practice of their faith
because even after doing everything commanded by the Gospels,
they experience some set-back, some tragedy in their life
and can’t understand how God would allow it to happen.
How many people say “I don’t deserve suffering.
I’ve been good all my life”?
 
Let us remember these words from the Book of Daniel:
“You, O Lord, are just in all you have done,
all your deeds are faultless, all your ways are right, and all your judgments are proper.”
 
May God continue to be gracious to all of us
and in turn, may we be gracious to one another.