Monday 11 October 2021

Today is Monday the 11th of October, in the 28th week of Ordinary Time.  

One Hope Project sing, ‘Good Work in Me’.  

Today’s reading is from St Paul’s letter to the Romans.  

 

Romans 1:1-7

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.  

 

Here is Paul, the apostle, once Saul, the persecutor of Christ Himself, now referring to himself as a mere servant of Jesus.  What brought about this change of heart?  Stay with this picture of Paul’s transformation for a moment.  God’s grace fully at work…  

 

Paul sets out, in just a few phrases, the all-encompassing, all-embracing story of the gospel, the good news for all of us.  It’s rooted in history. 

The whole panorama of the Old Testament as it leads into the New, the close linking of the two: God’s promises of a Saviour, promises told by prophets, and fulfilled by Jesus. And we are part of this story.  “Called to belong to Jesus Christ.” How does that make you feel?  

As you hear the passage again, place yourself right in there, immerse yourself in what is on offer.

  Talk, just as one friend to another, to the God of love and grace and peace, about what is on your heart.  

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.