Lent 2, Thursday, Year B

Inspired by Romans 3:21-31 

“For there is no distinction, since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:22b-24 (NRSV) 

Despite how it is sometimes practiced, Christianity is the great equalizer. It matters not who you are, what you have done, what culture or time you were born in, whether you are rich or poor, male or female, revered or reviled by society; when we stand before God we all stand in the same place. We are all sinners who have fallen short of the glory of God, and it’s only by his grace that we are justified.

Such a reality is nearly incomprehensible. In the world, there is a pecking order of people. Whether we use such language or even acknowledge such concepts or not, the truth is that some people are considered ‘better’ or ‘more deserving’ than others. But not in the eyes of God.

Consider the least deserving person you can imagine. God considers you and that person of equal worth. That is a statement about your own inability to earn his favor as well as a statement about the inherent value God sees in both of you as his beloved children. If only we could treat others as God treats us.

Let us pray. Merciful God, there is nothing you wouldn’t do for the least of these. Grant us the humility to recognize that we too are the least of these, that we may accept your grace as the unwarranted gift that it is. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.