Speak Lord: Making us anew

Stained Glass, St Mary’s Priory, Abergavenny. (c) 2017, Allen Morris

God’s grace has been revealed, and it has made salvation possible for the whole human race and taught us that what we have to do is to give up everything that does not lead to God, and all our worldly ambitions; we must be self-restrained and live good and religious lives here in this present world, while we are waiting in hope for the blessing which will come with the Appearing of the glory of our great God and saviour Christ Jesus. He sacrificed himself for us in order to set us free from all wickedness and to purify a people so that it could be his very own and would have no ambition except to do good.

But when the kindness and love of God our saviour for mankind were revealed, it was not because he was concerned with any righteous actions we might have done ourselves; it was for no reason except his own compassion that he saved us, by means of the cleansing water of rebirth and by renewing us with the Holy Spirit which he has so generously poured over us through Jesus Christ our saviour. He did this so that we should be justified by his grace, to become heirs looking forward to inheriting eternal life.

2nd reading for Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
Titus 2:11-14,3:4-7

The Lord does good for goodness sake – for our sake to make us good, whole and wholesome.

He has been set some task!

The work of Baptism is at one and the same time instantaneous and takes a lifetime.

Immediately sin is washed away and we are incorporated into Christ.

Over a life time we have the opportunity to become what we have been made.

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