Posted by: dowsmallgroups | 25/01/2013

That saved a wretch like me?

In the Letter to the Hebrews, the author quotes Psalm 8 in encouraging the Christian community, he writes:

What are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them?
Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
and crowned them with glory and honour. 

I suppose we can tend to look at our lives in two ways – reflecting on the Scripture passage above we can hold that we really are quite something, ‘crowned with honour’, a bit special. Alternatively we, conscious of sin, can feel as far from that description as it is possible to be. The reality, one can say with relative confidence, is somewhere in between. When Pope Benedict XVI wrote in his document announcing the Year of Faith, Porta Fidei, he was talking about all of history but perhaps the interplay between holiness and sin can be seen in our own lives too, even from day to day:

One thing that will be of decisive importance in this Year is retracing the history of our faith, marked as it is by the unfathomable mystery of the interweaving of holiness and sin. While the former highlights the great contribution that men and women have made to the growth and development of the community through the witness of their lives, the latter must provoke in each person a sincere and continuing work of conversion in order to experience the mercy of the Father which is held out to everyone (Porta Fidei, 13).

This, in a nutshell, is the theme of the Lent 2013 booklet from the Diocese of Westminster, Amazing Grace, – i.e. the interweaving of sin and holiness in our lives and the joy that can be had through reconciling ourselves to the Father, acknowledging both sin and love in our lives and living the life we receive at baptism. You can see the resource here; we pray that it helps you in your journey of faith.


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