Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Before the Throne of Grace

I can only write as I feel I am able and sometimes that leaves long gaps between postings. I apologize for any frustration or inconvenience this may cause.

Please listen to a song before proceeding. Point of Grace is a contemporary Christian group that I enjoy very much.

I don't think we Americans have a real appreciation for a throne. We do not have a monarchy in the United States so do not serve a king or a queen. We are not lowly peasants.

Or are we?

We have the image of a king sitting on a throne, usually with his queen sitting at his side. It is grandious, royal, and somehow a bit magical.

Come to Jesus by Chris Rice might make a little more sense to us because of our human experience in life.

But really the message of the two songs speak to the same thing: it is only the grace of God that saves us from our sin and helps us through our woundedness and pain.

The very first beatitudes that Jesus taught were, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." Matthew 5:1-5 RSV

He was talking about those of us who have been abused, abandoned and broken. We suffer a loss of our personhood, for which we mourn and grieve. It is a most difficult process.

I have found that in my journey to wholeness and holiness, I fall to sin often and am constantly reminded of my human weakness. At the same time, the very real psychological issues that are out of my control consitute a weakness and pain of its own. I am ushered into a reality of deep aloneness where it is very dark and the silence is deafening.

The only way that God can reach those recesses within that so desperately need communion with Him is to meet Him at His throne of grace. If we make ourselves available to Him, then He can work. He can reach out to us from His throne that can be found in the Jesus in others, in Sacred Scripture, and in relationship with Him through prayer. That deafening silence often is quieted only by His presence.

For those of us who participate in the sacraments and the Mass, the throne of Jesus is a very real, tangible thing. The Mass is saturated with Sacred Scripture and sharing in the worship and prayer with others in community provide the opportunity to grow in relationship with Christ through our brothers and sisters in Him.

Jesus on His throne is a reality on earth. "Ordained priests in the exercise of their sacred ministry speak and act not on their own authority, nor even by mandate or delegation of the community, but rather in the Person of Christ and in the name of the church." (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church #336)

We are so blessed to be showered with grace, the grace that gives us forgiveness, redemption, the gift of faith and the salve that heals wounds. It enables us to stay close to him and his church where not only do we receive sustenance but we have the opportunity to give it to others. We can be His hands and feet to help Him carry out His mission.

Go before the throne of grace today. Fall on your knees in adoration and praise and love him. Let him love you. It may be just what the doctor ordered to help you be led into wholeness and holiness as well.
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