For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, ‘The one who is righteous will live by faith.’
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of those who by their wickedness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. So they are without excuse; for though they knew God, they did not honour him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools; and they exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling a mortal human being or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles.
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the degrading of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever! Amen.
Today is Tuesday the 15 October, the feast of St Teresa of Avila in the 28th week of Ordinary Time.
The community of Taizé sing Veni Creator Spiritus: Come, Creator Spirit.
Today’s reading is from St Paul’s letter to the Romans.
Paul claims here that one way of understanding God is to look at all that God has made in creation. Can you bring to mind one or two things that your own experience of the created world tells you about our God?
Paul also recognises that not everybody who experiences creation is brought to know God better in this way. Why is this so, do you think?
Paul’s conclusion seems to be that people who don’t believe are either foolish, or wicked, or quite possibly both. Think of one or two people you know who don’t believe in God, or follow Christ. How would you describe them?
As the passage is read again, notice how Paul describes the gospel in his first few words here; and then hear the rest of the passage in that light.
Speak to God, in this last moment of prayer, of your own response to the gift of creation.