Grace, not just for the righteous
Anyone can receive grace as a saint – but who can receive it as a sinner? In our lowest ebbs, our instinct is to claw, to climb, to rise, to earn, to prove once and for all « this isn’t me! I am better than this! » Religion is a heavy yoke, but it is comfortable. The grace which says, « by the works of the law no man shall be justified » (Romans 5) and « sacrifices and burnt offerings I have not required » (Psalm 51) defeats all pride, shatters all pretenses, and wrings from trembling lips the petition, « Have mercy on me, the sinner! » (Luke 18:13).