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Grace as a unitary experience of acceptance:. Divine acceptance Conversion Discipleship in the community Witness and service. Divine acceptance is a sheer gift…. God, in accepting us, reveals that we are intrinsically-able-to- be-accepted … … our intrinsic acceptability is a gift!.
Discipleship in the community
Witness and service
God, in accepting us, reveals that we are intrinsically-able-to- be-accepted…
… our intrinsic acceptability is a gift!
Is a constant and continuous gift received as such by the creature
Includes the gifting of the creature with acceptability
…empowers us to a NEW RELATIONSHIP to SELF, to GOD and to OTHER
Jesus constantly received all that he was from the Father in the Holy Spirit.
The Father spoke a “yes” to Jesus of unconditional acceptance.
Jesus communicated what he received to others: to the guilt-ridden, demoniacs, sick, self-righteous and children.
The love-acceptance of God draws the “falsely self-assertive and harmfully dependent ego” into a relationship that is life-giving.
My self-love now begins to be a healthy one, fruit of the gracious offer that I am learning to accept.
God’s love-acceptance draws me fromwillful isolation(sin) to a genuine relationship (conversion).
Not only our sins, but also our gifts can draw us to isolation.
The accepting, gracious God of love draws ourselves – our goodness and guilt – out of isolation into life-giving relationship.
Conversion is not a condition for the gift of Jesus’ (God’s) acceptance.
Genuine relationship with Jesus empowers us to accept...
(a) the real God into our lives and…
(b) our real humanity in God’s term.
… shows us in practical, life changing ways who God is for us and who we are called to be.
Discipleship implies fellowship with the Father and with other people (even sinners)
It is “discipleship in community” which finds explicit expressions in the liturgy – particularly in the Eucharist – in personal prayer, discernment in the Church
“Discipleship in community” is the enveloping and grounding dynamism of our whole selves as oriented toward God’s own life
From acceptance, through conversion, into community and discipleship experience… emerges a healthy self-forgetfulness and self-transcendence towards the neighbor…
Self-transcendence toward one’s neighbor expresses itself in terms of WITNESS and SERVICE
Towards “witness”: touched by Jesus, the disciples now represent Jesus to the people… places them in a kind of a decision-situation: for or against Jesus
Towards “service”: these are particular beneficial effects my loving actions can have on others. Helping others is empowering them.