This weeks Bible notes reflect on ‘the Grace’ the prayer we and countless other Christians share at the end of their services. The prayer is found at the end of Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians (2 Cor. 13:14)

Reading: May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ…

Thought for Reflection: Grace has been defined as ‘the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not because of anything we have done to earn it’. This can be seen in virtually every episode of Jesus’ life in the Gospels: the healing of Blind Bartimaeus, to the washing of the disciples feet, the befriending of tax collectors and ‘sinners’, the conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well, the encounter with Zacchaeus, for forgiveness and healing of the paralysed man lowered through the roof and of course supremely through the Cross, the self-sacrifice of Jesus for those who turned against him. What have we done to deserve such love!

Prayer: Take a moment to meditate on the grace that Jesus has shown you. Seek his forgiveness for the ways in which you have not been faithful in your relationship with him and celebrate the fact that despite this he continues resolutely to show pour out his love and mercy towards us!