Thursday, October 16, 2014

What makes a saint?

From today until October 30 on weekdays we will be reading our way through the Letter to the Ephesians.

In the introduction Paul addresses the letter to the saints (hagioi) in Ephesus. How can the people in that church be saints? Because of another word he uses in the introduction, grace (charis).

What makes any saint is the the same thing that makes all saints, the grace of God. Contrary to the caricature of the Catholic Church, we too believe that it is God's grace that saves.

The catechism gives a rather simple explanation of this sanctifying grace.

Our justification comes from the grace of God. Grace is favor, the free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to his call to become children of God, adoptive sons, partakers of the divine nature and of eternal life.

As we read the letter addressed to the saints in Ephesus, let us remember that we are all called to be saints. And if we allow God, he will make us saints.