Monday, March 4, 2019

Grace is infinite

"The moment comes when our eyes are opened and we see and realize that grace is infinite. We need only await it with confidence and acknowledge it in gratitude. Grace makes no conditions."
Babette's Feast

The movie, "Babette's Feast" was recommended viewing for a class I am taking on Mary Magdalene. What's the connection, you wonder? I think Mary Magdalene, and Babette and the general who actually makes this beautiful little speech are all conveying the same thing: God's love is extravagant and infinite and always available to us if we just recognize and appreciate it. Mary Magdalene used a jar of expensive ointment to anoint Jesus just prior to his Passion in an over-the-top act of love. Babette used all the money she had to prepare the extravagant feast for the squabbling church members. Just like the devout, yet sad little Christians in the movie, we all have our quarrels and differences. It's hard to see God in our day to day lives, especially if the days are dreary and gray. But there comes a moment in all of our lives when God's love is illuminated for us. Maybe it's an event, or a retreat. Maybe it's a change of scenery or life choice. Maybe it's just the sun coming out after several days of gloom. However it manifests to us, it is instantly clear that God is close. God is good and plentiful and richly present in our lives. As we look toward the beginning of Lent this Wednesday, and, perhaps prepare to put on a bit of gloom ourselves, let's remember that there is nothing we can do to earn or make ourselves worthy of the infinite love of God. It is already available to us, no matter what our state is. We only need to see it, appreciate it and share it with others; and the more lavishly, the better. Love, heidi

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