The Vigor of Grace

20 Feb


Have you ever thought of God’s grace as vigorous?

I had not—until I received a moment of precious insight.

In a homily, St. Asterius (fourth century) wrote about the “vigor of grace.”[i]

Grace, after all, since it comes from God has to be vigorous. God is Creator and Redeemer. He is the Lord and Giver of Life. We speak of him as all powerful, as the source of life, the maker of “all that is visible and invisible” (See Col 1:16-17; also Jn. 1:1-5).

Yes, grace can also be gentle, calming and uplifting.

It’s so comfortable to rest there in the gentleness of God.

But as God blesses, forgives and heals, he also sends.

  • We are to carry on his work of creation by bringing new life into the world.
  • He calls us to comfort the mournful and the sick.
  • We must bring the marginalized into the security of our community of faith and help them become participants in the renewal of our nation and world.
  • God wants us to stand strongly for justice, for the good of all people, for the conversion of unbelievers.
  • We are called to ongoing conversion.

Now, that is a vigorous calling. We need the vigor of grace.



[i] “The Liturgy of the Word,” Book II, Liturgy of the Word, pg.  123.


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