Thursday, April 02, 2015

A Read-along of Romans, Chapter 15: Before the Doom


Paul is wrapping things up. The last two chapters are his remembrances and leave-takings, spending time to remember and commend to those hearing his words to God and with blessings. His assurances that the Gospel is for all is important, even paramount, for us in this Holy Week. He is reminding us to keep Christ before us, and to ensure the integrity of the Gospel through a commitment to the service of others.

So, as we enter into the mysteries of the Triduum, hold on to and remember that the reason we are here is that we follow Christ. Sometimes, like this week, that means being steadfast even to the Cross and the tomb. It means being open to the sorrow and to the tensions that arise in the fabric of creation itself as the curtain separating the holy from the profane in the Temple is torn from top to bottom. It is a profound reminder that while we are entrusted with the Gospel of Christ, we are not and never will be in control of it. Nor can we claim primacy of place when it means exclusion.

All are welcome to the life of Christ, and to the discipline of service to the poor, and trust in the Spirit that Paul engenders in this missive.

Hold on to that hope. We will need it in the days to come.

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