no alibi

“When it comes to the spiritual life, we so easily come up with pretexts for discounting the possibility of ever becoming holy. But the great genius of Saint Paul is the way he strips us of every alibi – there is no excuse for not pursuing sanctity. With an authority like no other, Saint Paul attests that ‘God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something’ (1 Cor 1:28). This means that no matter how inadequate, deficient, or unworthy I may think I am, the fact is that God has chosen precisely people like me. The Father’s consummate mercy is expressed in the fact that God ‘calls into being what does not exist’ (Rom 4:17)…especially what does not yet exist in my person that God purposefully calls into being so that I will become fulfilled and happy. When I verify the fact that God acts this way in the world, I get filled with an irrepressible hope, and “hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts” (Rom 5:5). What is more, my experience of personal inabliity and anguish becomes a tool for sanctifying others, for God “encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God’ (2 Cor 1:4)”.

May you remember that you have been chosen by the Almighty God. May you seek sanctity in each moment. May you allow yourself to participate in His calling in to being those things that do not yet exist in your person. Your light will help in the sanctification of those around you.


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