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We become so focused on our truth, what we see as truth that we forget about grace.  We become oblivious to blessings.  We lose our awe of God.  We know the truth and it has set us free, but we cannot remain fixed solely on it.

The truth is, we are are unworthy of Heaven.  We are all sinners.  Knowing that frees us to seek improvement, to better ourselves.  But, it also opens us up to grace.  To the grace we’ve been given.

The grace of the cross.

We know that Jesus sacrificed Himself on the cross for us.  That you might get to Heaven.  But do we accept it?  Do we live in awe of that gift?  How do we show appreciation for it?

We don’t need to travel on mission to experience gratitude or reflect that grace to others.  We only need to remember our need for grace and see it in others, then give them that grace regardless of their attitude in receiving it or earning it.  I know I did little to deserve Christ’s death on the cross, yet He willingly walked toward it.

Our goodness or wickedness had little to do with God’s decision.  His love for us overcame His just judgement.

Perhaps we’ve become used to sunsets.  We no longer see their beauty.  We explain the creation of the colors but don’t gaze with wonder upon them.  We don’t walk toward the altar with trembling hands, waiting to receive the Eucharist, to hold the body and blood of our Lord.

We have become complacent with our blessings.  But we need not remain so.  Each day begins with a sunrise and ends with a sunset.  You need not count your blessings, just show a little gratitude for them and perhaps look upon the gift of life with wonder and awe.