Thursday 24 October
Today is Thursday the 24 October, in the 29th week of Ordinary Time.
The University of Johannesburg choir sing Ukuthula; Peace in this world of sin the blood of Jesus brings. Redemption in this world of sin the blood of Jesus brings.
Today’s reading is from St Paul’s Letter to the Romans, using the Nick King translation.
Paul in this passage is trying to give the Christians in Rome reasons for hope. And he is also trying to give them reasons for not thinking themselves better than other people in their Church (where there were tensions between Jewish Christians and non-Jewish Christians). Why do you think Paul makes such a contrast between “Life” and “Death”?
How do you perceive the difference between the “wages of Sin” and “God’s free gift”?
Now listen to the passage once more; as you do so, ask yourself what might be leading you to “Death” and what might be leading you to “Life”.
Finally, try and express in words what you would like to say to God today.