TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2015

LENTEN THOUGHTS 
BY DIETRICH BONHOEFFER
The Cost of Discipleship

Cheap grace means grace sold on the market like cheapjacks’ wares.  The sacraments, the forgiveness of sin, and the consolations of religion are thrown away at cut prices.  Grace is represented as the Church’s inexhaustible treasury, from which she showers blessings with generous hands, without asking questions or fixing limits.  Grace without price: grace without cost!  The essence of grace, we suppose, is that the account has been paid in advance, and, because it has been paid, everything can be had for nothing.  Since the cost was infinite, the possibilities of using and spending it are infinite.  What would grace be if it were not cheap?