Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Present grace is grace truly present...

The grace of the present moment is perhaps the quintessential grace of our lives. For it is in the present that we are graced to realize, on the one hand, that we have been given enough grace to make it past our past and, on the other, that we immediately have enough grace to make it into our future. Every present moment is an inescapable reminder that having the breath to curse God or despair of our lives is the most basic reason not to lament. To be able to lament is still to, and to be is to partake in some attenuated way in the very essence of God as He Who Is.

Σοφία! Ὀρθοί:

What have you that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if it were not a gift?

Quid autem habes quod non accepisti? si autem accepisti, quid gloriaris quasi non acceperis?

你 有 甚 麼 不 是 領 受 的 呢 ; 若 是 領 受 的 , 為 何 自 誇 , 彷 彿 不 是 領 受 的 呢 ?

Was hast du aber, daß du nicht empfangen hast? So du es aber empfangen hast, was rühmst du dich denn, als ob du es nicht empfangen hättest?

¿Y qué tienes que no hayas recibido? Y si lo recibiste, ¿por qué te glorías como si no lo hubieras recibido?

–– I Corinthians 4:7

All you have is a gift, mediated by God through others. All you are is to be a gift, mediated by Christ for others.

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