Monday 21 October

Today is Monday the 21 October, in the 29th week of Ordinary Time.

 The Community of Taizé sing Christe Lux Mundi: ‘O Christ, light of the world, whoever follows you will have the light of life.’  

This week we will turn our attention solely to St Paul’s letter to the Romans. Our scripture for the week will be read from the Nicholas King Bible translation. Fr Nick has also kindly written our accompanying prayer guides to help us enter as deeply as we can into this famously difficult letter.   Today’s reading therefore, is from St Paul’s letter to the Romans, using the Nick King translation…  

This is part of a very difficult piece of argument, so don’t worry if you don’t understand it straightaway. The Christians in Rome to whom Paul is writing were from both Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds, which led to certain tensions; and he is trying to give them reasons for hope in what God has done for them in Christ. The way he does this is to use the example of Abraham, a central figure for Jews, to show that non-Jews can also receive what God longs to give them, if only they can be like Abraham and trust in God. why do you think Paul used the example of Abraham? And why did Abraham “give glory to God”?  

Paul says, quoting what it says about Abraham in the book of Genesis, this “trust” or “faith” in God “was reckoned to him as righteousness”. And then he goes on to speak about us: “we who believe in the One who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead”. So that, it seems, is all we have to do: believe in the Resurrection. Why does Paul emphasise the Resurrection of Jesus?  

Now listen again to the reading; as you do so, ask yourself why Paul refers to “Jesus our Lord”.  

After all this, what would you like to say to God? Try to make a prayer in your own words.