GeE 51: The Scriptures Witness Against Pelagianism

See the source imagePope Francis appeals to the Bible, starting with the witness of our ancestor in faith, Abraham:

51. When God speaks to Abraham, he tells him: “I am God Almighty, walk before me, and be blameless” (Gen 17:1). In order to be blameless, as he would have us, we need to live humbly in his presence, cloaked in his glory; we need to walk in union with him, recognizing his constant love in our lives. We need to lose our fear before that presence which can only be for our good.

Abraham’s great moment of faith and trust was leaving behind his homeland and moving at the urging of God. As a wandering pilgrim, he gave his spiritual children an example which fits how we are to be in the world, yet not of it. Disciples must be on guard to be always prepared to be reformed and renewed in their lives. We can take hope in this, setting aside fear, because according to the psalmist, God knows us intimately:

God is the Father who gave us life and loves us greatly. Once we accept him, and stop trying to live our lives without him, the anguish of loneliness will disappear (cf. Ps 139:23-24).

The traditions of the prophets and apostles affirm this way of life and this trust:

In this way we will know the pleasing and perfect will of the Lord (cf. Rom 12:1-2) and allow him to mold us like a potter (cf. Is 29:16).

The Christian’s home is not of his or her own making. It is less a matter of God entering into our own choice of housekeeping, but rather that our pilgrimage will lead us to the place where God lives, and we will find grace in places where we once only sought the living God:

So often we say that God dwells in us, but it is better to say that we dwell in him, that he enables us to dwell in his light and love. He is our temple; we ask to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of our life (cf. Ps 27:4). “For one day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere” (Ps 84:10). In him is our holiness.

You can check the full document Gaudete et Exsultate on the Vatican website.

 

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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