Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, the gospel concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness by resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for the sake of his name, including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, To all God’s beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Today is Monday the 14th of October in the 28th week of Ordinary Time.
One Hope Project sing, ‘Come Close’. As you begin your time of prayer today, draw near to the Lord, who draws near to you.
Today’s reading is from St Paul’s letter to the Romans.
You’ve just heard Paul describe himself to the Christian community living in Rome. He’s “a servant of Jesus”, “called to be an apostle”, “set apart for the gospel”, and more. Can you recognise anything of yourself in any of those descriptions?
The people he’s addressing are “God’s beloved”, “called to be saints”. Perhaps you can more easily see something of yourself there?
How might you describe yourself, and the ways you normally relate to God, to someone who asked? You could use some of Paul’s words here, or words of your own.
The reading also describes Jesus – listen out for that as it is read again.
Speak for a moment of what you have seen here to the God who offers you grace and peace.