Lent 4, Thursday, Year B

Inspired by Ephesians 1:3-6

“He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.” Ephesians 1:5-6 (NRSV)

We are chosen. We are saved. We are loved. We’ve done nothing to deserve any of this, and there’s nothing we can do to strengthen our claim on God, because we have no claim on God. Rather, God has claimed us.

Why? Why would God choose us for adoption as his children, as heirs with Christ? Because it’s God’s very nature. It was his will to freely bestow his glorious grace upon us, not because of who we are, but because of who he is.

Let us pray. Gracious God, your Son Jesus Christ is the perfect Son, through whom you see us. Enable us to recognize your grace through him, that we may accept our place as your adopted children and heirs. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.