From the Word of the Day
“But the gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one, the many died, how much more did the grace of God and the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christ overflow for the many.”
Romans 5: 15
The entire letter of Paul to the Romans is a condensation of amazing truths and proposals regarding the enormous contrast between sin and grace. They precipitate down into the valley like two overflowing rivers. One is the damaging river of Adam’s disobedience to God and our ‘no’ through the course of history. The other is that of the grace that Jesus obtained for us with the mystery of His death and resurrection. The first river of sin brought ruin, making us fragile and vulnerable even though we are always free to choose the good rather than evil. But what counts and what St. Paul wants to emphasize is that the second river, that of Grace, is so vivifying that its power surpasses in the good what sin does in evil.
Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on this ‘surpassing power’ of the grace Jesus gives me and let it console me in the absolute certainty that the overflowing love God has for me is stronger than my inclination to evil.
Lord Jesus, sometimes even the news of so much moral degradation, of so many evil deeds attempts to discourage me. Help me to place all my trust in You and in Your Word. Your Grace is the Good and that Good will definitively conquer evil.
The voice of Adrienne von Speyr, Swiss Doctor and Mystic
Every grace granted by the Lord is not conditioned by the receptive capacity of the subject, but goes beyond it.