1 Timothy 1:15-17
Psalms 113:1-2, 3-4, 5, 6-7
In today's reading from Timothy's letter we are reminded
of God's saving grace, the hope for sinners. In today's Gospel we hear
that what we produce is a result of what is in our heart.
In the Gospel, we hear of the man who builds his house on the
loose soil only to see it swept away. The point of the Gospel story is the
man does not have the solid foundation on which to build. I would like
to offer a different spin on the story. I can see Jesus lecturing the crowd
for having their heart in the wrong place, but for many of us this does not
seem to be the problem. Sometimes we have the solid foundation, but
we choose to ignore it. This is not because of evil in our heart, but because
of all of the psychological complexities that make us human. It is here
God's grace for sinners becomes apparent. In the same way, parents do
not cast their children aside for not always making the best choice.
Instead we as parents invest the time over the years to see that what really
matters becomes second nature to our children. I trust that my God is
sculpting hearts in the same way.
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