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October 14, 2021

Rom 3: 21-30

But now, apart from law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith. 

He did this to show his righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over the sins previously committed; it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies the one who has faith in Jesus. Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith. 

For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law. Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, since God is one; and he will justify the circumcised on the ground of faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

The gift of salvation

Each week as we recite the Nicene Creed we profess belief in “one God”, yet we tend to focus more on disagreements between denominations and, increasingly, within our own Church. In today’s letter to the Romans we see that this is nothing new. Paul continually reminded the Jews and Gentile Christians that they, too, believed in one God, a God who shows no partiality. This reality runs counter to our pride, our sense of having earned God’s favor. Ultimately, it’s not what we do that matters. It’s not how theologically pure we think we are. Make no mistake, Paul tells us, all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Our salvation is a gift. And it can be humbling to receive a gift. The question is how we respond to that gift with our lives. Can we live as generously as the one who has gifted us?

Sarah Otto is on the pastoral team at Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center in Atlanta, GA.

 

Prayer

Lord Christ, help us to see what it is
that joins us together, not what separates us.
For when we see only what it is that makes us different,
We too often become aware of what is wrong with others.
We see only their faults and weaknesses,
interpreting their actions as flowing from
malice or hatred rather than fear.
Even when confronted with evil, Lord,
you forgave and sacrificed yourself
rather than sought revenge.
Teach us to do the same by the power of your Spirit. 

—William Breault, SJ


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October 14, 2021

Rom 3: 21-30

But now, apart from law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith. 

He did this to show his righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over the sins previously committed; it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies the one who has faith in Jesus. Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith. 

For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law. Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, since God is one; and he will justify the circumcised on the ground of faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

The gift of salvation

Each week as we recite the Nicene Creed we profess belief in “one God”, yet we tend to focus more on disagreements between denominations and, increasingly, within our own Church. In today’s letter to the Romans we see that this is nothing new. Paul continually reminded the Jews and Gentile Christians that they, too, believed in one God, a God who shows no partiality. This reality runs counter to our pride, our sense of having earned God’s favor. Ultimately, it’s not what we do that matters. It’s not how theologically pure we think we are. Make no mistake, Paul tells us, all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Our salvation is a gift. And it can be humbling to receive a gift. The question is how we respond to that gift with our lives. Can we live as generously as the one who has gifted us?

Sarah Otto is on the pastoral team at Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center in Atlanta, GA.

 

Prayer

Lord Christ, help us to see what it is
that joins us together, not what separates us.
For when we see only what it is that makes us different,
We too often become aware of what is wrong with others.
We see only their faults and weaknesses,
interpreting their actions as flowing from
malice or hatred rather than fear.
Even when confronted with evil, Lord,
you forgave and sacrificed yourself
rather than sought revenge.
Teach us to do the same by the power of your Spirit. 

—William Breault, SJ


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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