The Weekly Word: is an invitation to reflect on how God speaks to us through poetry, literature, and the visual arts. Share your reflections below so we can join together on this journey of faith throughout the week.
Marilyn Robinson, Gilead
“Theologians talk about a prevenient grace that precedes grace itself and allows us to accept it. I think there must also be a prevenient courage that allows us to be brave – that is, to acknowledge that there is more beauty than our eyes can bear, that precious things have been put into our hands and to do nothing to honor them is to do great harm. And therefore, this courage allows us, as the old men said, to make ourselves useful…This is an interesting planet. It deserves all the attention you can give it.”
It takes great courage to be truly present to the world around us. In what ways has God given you this courage? In what ways does Christ model this courage for us? How can we respond to the courage of Christ in order “to make ourselves useful” in God’s service?